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Taiwan will not accept double recognition: minister

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/25 23:32:36

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan will not accept its diplomatic allies' double recognition of both Taiwan and China, the foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that he did not believe that such a situation could ever occur.

Honduras, one of Taiwan's 23 diplomatic allies, 'has given us assurance and we believe that diplomatic ties between the two sides will not be affected,' David Lin said.

Lin made the remarks during a media gathering when asked about Honduras' presidential office statement showing the Central American country's interest in developing diplomatic ties with China.

Meanwhile, Lin said Taiwan and China will not try to snatch each other's allies amid improving ties between the two sides in recent years.

On Dec. 19, the statement on the website of Honduras' presidential office said: 'President Porfirio Lobo Sosa confirmed this Wednesday that clear intentions exist to open diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, a situation that should not affect relations with Taiwan.'

'In the 21st century, one can't keep thinking that expanding relations with one country means being the enemy of another,' the statement read.

Reports of the statement and Honduras' plan to open a trade office in China have sparked concern that Honduras might officially recognize China.

However, Honduras' Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales has assured Taiwan's ambassador to Honduras Joseph Kuo during a meeting that Taiwan-Honduras ties remain solid, said Jaime Wu, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

Corrales also said the trade office plan is still under assessment and so far no agreement has been made, Wu added.

The Honduras government has also stressed that relations with Taiwan will not be affected if it were to develop trade relations with China, Wu said.

He added that the government has been facing pressure from domestic businesses that want to expand trade relations with China.

Kuo is working to arrange a meeting with the Honduran president, Wu said.

(By Elaine Hou)

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