China has condemned Taiwan’s announcement that it will no longer allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from overseas, including Nicaragua, to open offices and operate there as “abnormal.”
After Nicaragua became the latest country to close its Taiwan channels, China made an ominous announcement.
“The ‘one China’ principle can be called a perpetual law,” said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, in a post on social media. “We urge all relevant third parties, including Taiwan sides, not to take any provocative measures.”
At the time of his death in December 2016, the Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, was pushing for Taiwan’s control over its refugee policies and pushing for diplomatic support for Nicaragua’s submission to the United Nations. The Taiwanese government only last year started allowing Nicaragua and Costa Rica to gain access to the government’s embassy in Taiwan for activities that don’t directly relate to relations with Taiwan.
Ortega and Nicaragua’s government said in a statement that because of “erosion of bilateral relations” and Taiwan’s alleged “provocative rhetoric” they will also stop sending representatives to Taiwan.
China is now saying it doesn’t want any closer relations with the country but has an odd argument for why, according to the State Council Information Office. China and Nicaragua have historically had close ties, the Information Office said, and China and Nicaragua had an “important agreement to transform tourism into a social mission that would be good for cross-strait relationships.”
China sent a neutral observer to Nicaragua’s 1974 “Vancouver Round” National Convention and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Nicaragua has taken a more critical stance of China, accusing China of building its country’s militarization and developing its economic infrastructure without inviting more participation. It is now phasing out its embassy in Taiwan, this latest move putting pressure on China’s next door neighbor.