(Reuters) - Central America’s Costa Rica has switched diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister announced on Thursday, in the latest blow for the island that China claims as a renegade province.
Under the “One China” policy, Beijing insists that nations cannot have official relations with both China and Taiwan, which split after a 1949 civil war. Most now recognize China rather than Taiwan, which left the United Nations when China was admitted in 1971.
Here is a list of Taiwan’s remaining 24 allies:
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of Nauru
Republic of Palau
Republic of Kiribati
NOTE: Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry dropped Republic of Vanuatu from the list after the island nation established formal ties with China, even though Vanuatu did not formally break off ties with Taiwan.
Republic of the Gambia
Republic of Malawi
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
Kingdom of Swaziland
Republic of El Salvador
Republic of Guatemala
Republic of Haiti
Republic of Honduras
Republic of Nicaragua
Republic of Panama
Republic of Paraguay
Saint Christoper and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Lucia (resumption on April 30, 2007)