El Salvador, which currently recognizes Taiwan, says it will study the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with mainland China, which considers the island a renegade province.

Foreign Minister Francisco Lainez told reporters he would consider the change in response to requests from Salvadoran business leaders.

The Associated Press quotes a Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying he doubts El Salvador will make a change.

Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 26 countries, primarily small, developing nations in Africa and Latin America.