TAIPEI (Reuters) – A Taiwanese naval “Friendship Flotilla” of warships dropped anchor in Nicaragua on Monday just weeks after China urged Taiwan’s dwindling diplomatic allies to ditch the self-ruled island in favour of Beijing.
Members of Taiwan’s navy arrive to participate in joint training and military activities with the Nicaraguan Navy at Corinto port, Nicaragua April 9,2018.REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
Three ships, carrying around 800 crew, arrived in El Salvador on Friday and will visit other allies in Central America, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.
China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, part of “one China”, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring what it considers to be a wayward province under Chinese control.
Taiwan now has formal relations with only 20 countries, many of them poor nations