Aboluo Wang, Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Dec. 9 unexpectedly announced the severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan and resumed diplomatic relations with Beijing instead.
Responding to this, U.S State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the new Nicaraguan government won the election through fraud, so its statement does not represent the will of the Nicaraguan people.
Price also pointed out in the statement that “Taiwan’s relationships with diplomatic partners in the Western Hemisphere provide significant economic and security benefits to the citizens of those countries. We encourage all countries that value democratic institutions, transparency, the rule of law, and promoting economic prosperity for their citizens to expand engagement with Taiwan.”
Before Nicaragua held a general election on Nov. 7, candidate Ortega, a veteran Nicaraguan politician, planned to arrest seven political opponents early in the summer to ensure he was not stopped by anyone in the race for the presidency.
Two potential candidates were forced into exile by Ortega’s faction.
In the end, Ortega, 76, was elected president with 75% of the vote.
However, the United States, the European Union, the Organization of American States, and various NGOs and dissident groups condemned Ortega’s election manipulation. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union have also imposed severe economic sanctions on the Nicaraguan government and Ortega confidants and senior officials.
Nicaragua announced the end of diplomatic ties with Taiwan when U.S. President Joe Biden presided over the first global democracy summit at the White House, which Taiwan was invited to while China was not.
After Nicaragua’s announcement, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post, whether it is diplomatic pressure, cultural attacks, or military threats, they “… will not change our determination and efforts to persevere in democracy and freedom, persevere in going global, and persevere in participating in the international democratic community.”
Some diplomatic analysts commented that China is increasing repression of Taiwan’s international relations and threatening weaker countries which will only strengthen solid support from the United States, Japan, the European Union, and other Western countries.