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Sao Tome and Principe cuts Taipei ties

‘CHECKBOOK DIPLOMACY’:Media reports said the African nation had asked for NT$6.4 billion, but Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee declined to reveal the actual amount

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Nevertheless, the Vatican, unlike secular nations, does not require financial aid, Lee said.

Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council yesterday issued a strongly worded statement denouncing Beijing resorting to “checkbook diplomacy” in attempting to reinforce its “one China” policy and inducing Sao Tome and Principe to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

“We hereby express our strong discontent and regret over the incident, which has hurt the feelings of Taiwanese, destabilized the Taiwan Strait and runs counter to Beijing’s oft-stated goal of pushing for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations,” the council said.

Stressing that the government has repeatedly demonstrated its goodwill since the Tsai administration took office in May, the council said it disapproved of China’s rigid mindset and its return to the “old path of confrontation,” urging Beijing to solemnly contemplate the possible consequences of its actions.

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