President Hernandez says Honduras will stand by Taiwan amid the Chinese threat

President Hernandez says Honduras will stand by Taiwan amid the Chinese threat


Taipei [Taiwan], Nov. 14 (ANI): Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez met here with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and reiterated his country’s support for Taiwan amid mounting Chinese military and diplomatic pressure.

Taiwan News reported that during the meeting on Saturday, Hernandez said Honduras would stand by Taiwan.

Honduras is among only 15 countries that recognize Taipei over Beijing.

“In difficult times, you get to know your friends better,” Hernandez said. “In this moment of tension in the region, Honduras is here, and always close to Taiwan.” He is on a three-day visit to Taiwan to celebrate 80 years of official diplomatic relations.

Taiwan’s president stated that Hernandez is the first Central American head of state to visit the country after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located off the southeast coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.

On the other hand, Taipei countered Chinese aggression by increasing strategic relations with democracies including the United States, which Beijing has repeatedly opposed. China threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war. (Ani)

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