It is in the best interests of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies to recognize an "irresistible trend" and ditch Taipei in favor of ties with Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said yesterday.
Taiwan has formal relations with only 20 countries, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific. China and Taiwan have tried to poach each other's allies over the years, often dangling generous aid packages in front of developing nations.
Panama severed its long-standing relationship with Taiwan last year in a major diplomatic victory for China. The Vatican is likely next on the list, as the Holy See and China edge closer to an accord on the appointment of bishops.
"Upholding the 'one China' principle and not having official contacts with Taiwan has already become one of the international norms for countries to follow," Wang said on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament in Beijing.
He said it was "the general and irresistible trend" and was in the long-term interests of those countries.