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Taiwan severs official ties with Panama

CLOAK-AND-DAGGER:Panama ignored Taiwan’s long-term assistance and caved in to China, while deceiving Taipei ‘until the last moment,’ the foreign minister said

Staff writer, with CNA

Tsai attended the inaugural ceremony of the expanded Panama Canal and witnessed Taiwan’s donation of 3,000 boxes of flu medicine to help combat an epidemic of the H1N1 flu virus.

Ties between the Republic of China (ROC) and Panama date back more than a century, to when China's Qing Dynasty established diplomatic relations with Panama on Jan. 16, 1910. The ROC continued the relationship after its founding in January 1912.

Panama is the second diplomatic ally to cut ties since Tsai took office, the first being Sao Tome and Principe, which recognized Beijing in December last year.

In March last year, China re-established official ties with the Gambia, more than two years after the small African nation cut off relations with Taiwan.

Panama has actively sought to set up ties with China in the past.

According to a US Department of State diplomatic message released by WikiLeaks, Panama tried to establish relations with Beijing in 2009 without success.

Additional reporting by AP

This story has been amended since it was first published to correct the date of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Panama.

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