News

Costa Rican President Makes First China Visit Since Cutting Taiwan Ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao has welcomed his Costa Rican counterpart, Oscar Arias, to Beijing, on Mr. Arias' first visit to China since his country severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Mr. Arias Wednesday said that as a Costa Rican, he is honored to represent the first Central American country to establish a formal relationship with China.

The two leaders signed 11 agreements related to trade, banking, technology and culture.

In June, Costa Rica cut diplomatic ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing, a move that China hopes other Latin American countries will follow.

Only 24 countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state. Taipei and Beijing have been trying to spread their wealth among those nations in an effort to earn or maintain their allegiance.

China and Taiwan split in 1949 following a civil war. China insists the self-governing island is part of its territory and tries to diplomatically isolate Taiwan from the rest of the world.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Feature Story

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas.

Mixed Signals on Second Migrant Wave at US Border

The number of Central Americans apprehended at the border peaked in June, but reports from migrants indicate more might be on the way More