May 1, 2018 / 1:30 AM / a year ago

China, Dominican Republic to establish diplomatic ties: China's top diplomat

China's Vice President Wang Qishan shakes hand with Dominican Republic's Chancellor Miguel Vargas at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, China May 1, 2018. Minoru Iwasaki/Pool via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the Dominican Republic have signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said at a news briefing on Tuesday.

The Dominican Republic has been a diplomatic ally of Taiwan.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Tony Munroe; Writing by Josephine Mason

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