Honduras’s ties with diplomatic friend Taiwan remain solid, according to Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry officials, despite alleged concern in Taiwan that Honduras may open a trade office in Beijing, and may eventually even officially recognize China.
“There’s no problem with our relations with Honduras,” Foreign Minister David Lin said at a legislative hearing.
Taiwan’s ambassador, Joseph Kuo, has met with the Honduran Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Arturo Corrales, to discuss the issue. Both Corrales and the Honduras presidential office stressed that the country’s plan with China will not affect Honduras’ ties with Taiwan.
“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,” according to a statement on the Honduras presidential website.
“In the 21st century, one can’t keep thinking that expanding relations with one country means being the enemy of another,” the statement read.
Asked about the statement, Taiwan foreign ministry officials reiterated that Honduras’ relations with Taiwan will not change. Lin told local media that Taiwan will not oppose its diplomatic allies’ development of trade relations with China, adding that Taiwan is expanding trade ties with China as well.