Honduran President Xiomara Castro tweeted on March 15 that she has instructed Honduran Foreign Affairs Minister Eduardo Reina to handle the establishment of official diplomatic relations with China. Reina said during an interview that the reason for the switch is because Taiwan refused to increase its financial assistance.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it continues to work hard to save the relationship with Honduras.
Honduras is on the verge of severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Honduran President Xiomara Castro tweeted on March 15 that she has instructed Honduran Foreign Affairs Minister Eduardo Reina to handle the establishment of official diplomatic relations with China. According to Reina, the reason Honduras has approached China is because Taiwan refused to increase its financial assistance.
Eduardo Reina, Honduran Foreign Minister: “Recently, we proposed a change to the vision of the relationship between Honduras and Taiwan, because there was the creation of a plan based mainly on donations and projects. It's worth saying that it's around...”
Honduras set a price tag for maintaining its relationship with Taiwan, which was US$300 million to jointly establish a new hydroelectric dam called Patuca II. Castro has not officially announced that she is severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which has been interpreted as the U.S. having some misgivings. Former AIT Director Douglas Paal said he believes the U.S. is still making attempts to block the switch, which is why Honduras has not made anything official. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch and other pro-Taiwan representatives issued warnings that Honduras would be making a grave mistake to embrace China and its empty promises.
Jeff Liu, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “The government will absolutely not enter a dollar diplomacy competition with China. We would also like to remind the Honduran government not to drink poison to quench its thirst. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued warnings about the bilateral relationship and continues to work hard to maintain the relationship to this day.”
Vice President William Lai attended Castro's inauguration in 2022. Former Honduran Ambassador to Taiwan Rafael Fernando Sierra Quesada said Castro is making a wrong policy decision which will impact a countless number of Honduran families, and posted a photo of Castro and Lai at the Honduran Congress to show that Castro is telling lies.
Chiu Chen-yuan, Legislator (TPP): “The expansion of China's influence and its influence on the international community are worth observing. Related national security units also need to step up their vigilance and take countermeasures.”
Chao Tien-lin, Legislator (DPP): “I think this issue is quite odd. As this issue hasn't been concluded yet, we still hope the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can continue working hard.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it continues to work hard to save the relationship with Honduras. President Tsai Ing-wen has plans to visit Guatemala and Belize in April. The exclusion of Honduras was interpreted as a sign that a diplomatic crisis already existed.