Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

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China denies this, and says Taiwan is a part of China with no right to formal diplomatic ties with any other country.

BEIJING-Taiwan lost its second diplomatic partner in less than a month as the West African state of Burkina Faso severed relations amid a Chinese campaign to suppress worldwide recognition of the self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, in televised remarks, criticized Beijing for trying to undermine the island's sovereignty, saying those efforts "exposed China's anxiety and lack of confidence".

Self-ruled Taiwan is claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory, and has become one of China's most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint.

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China's foreign ministry said in a brief statement it welcomed Burkina to "join in China-Africa friendly cooperation as soon as possible". China has blocked Taiwan's participation in global meetings such as the World Health Assembly and has pressured multinational companies ranging from fashion brands to airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China.

Having lost two diplomatic allies after assuming the position of foreign minister at the end of February, Wu confirmed at an earlier press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he had tendered his resignation to the President as to take political responsibility.

The Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, one of Belize's most helpful allies went into panic mode on Friday.That is because Chinese bombers flew overhead the island. She says she wants to maintain the status quo.

"Taiwan absolutely can not abandon this responsibility", Wu said, according to media.

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China is Africa's largest trade partner, with massive investments in mining, construction and banking, although it has been less active to date in Burkina.

The official Central News Agency reported Thursday that the West African nation's move means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 18 mainly small, developing countries.

This is the second time Burkina has cut ties with Taiwan.

Washington ended its formal relationship with Taipei in 1979 in order to establish official ties with Beijing, but the Taiwan Relations Act, passed by Congress in 1979, mandates that the United States help Taiwan protect itself.

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