The government of Sao Tome and Principe cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Dec. 21, Taiwan Today reported. In response, Taipei severed ties with the West African island nation and put plans in motion to close its embassy, recall its technical mission and end all bilateral cooperation projects, according to the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry. The pair first established diplomatic relations in 1997. Taipei accused China of using Sao Tome and Principe's financial problems to pressure the country to end ties with Taiwan and recognize Beijing’s “one China” policy, which bars countries from maintaining official relations with both Taiwan and China. Over the past month, China has redoubled its efforts to weaken Taiwan’s ties with diplomatic allies and defense partners.
Sao Tome and Principe: Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan