China reopens embassy in Nicaragua after diplomatic change:

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China reopened its embassy in Nicaragua on Friday, weeks after the Central American country transferred diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Beijing.

The change was a political victory for China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has stepped up pressure to isolate the autonomous island on the international stage.

The announcement three weeks ago leaves Taiwan with just 14 diplomatic allies, even as Taipei deepens ties with several unofficial Western friends, including the United States.

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, speaking at a ceremony marking the reopening of the embassy, ​​said: “You are welcome to our Nicaragua… with the certainty that both countries have a future of successes and victories in our fraternal relations.

The new Chinese embassy will be under the orders of Yu Bu, who inaugurated it during the ceremony with Moncada and other officials including Laureano Ortega, son and adviser to President Daniel Ortega.

China has spent decades encouraging Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to switch sides, including three more in Latin America in recent years – Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.

On December 9, the Ortega administration announced that Nicaragua was following suit.

“The People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory,” Moncada said at the time.

A burning Marxist in his youth, Ortega ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. He had previously changed recognition to China in 1985, but a successor, Violeta Chamorro, canceled it five years later.

Restoring ties with China comes as the United States and the European Union step up sanctions against Nicaragua. Ortega won a fourth term in November in an election in which his main rivals were in jail.


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