Fri, Nov 24, 2006 - Page 3 News List

MOFA denies plan to `share' Nicaragua

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied a report that Taiwan had agreed to overlook China's plans to establish an embassy in Nicaragua.

According to a story published on Monday by the International Herald Leader, a Chinese-language newspaper that belongs to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, Nicaraguan president-elect Daniel Ortega was inclined to break off diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China.

To prevent this scenario from taking place, the Taiwanese ambassador to Nicaragua had suggested that Nicaragua recognize both Taiwan and China, the report said.

Spokesman David Wang (王建業) said the report was one-sided and the ministry had no idea where the newspaper had obtained its information.

Taiwan and Nicaragua enjoy stable relations and the recent diplomatic delegation led by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Javier Hou (侯清山) had returned from Nicaragua with good news, Wang said.

Hou and Nicaragua's new government had "good interactions" and discussed plans for cooperation, Wang said.

"Both Vice Minister Hou and President Ortega hope that the two countries will be able to enhance their trade ties in a manner that helps Nicaragua to overcome problems related to poverty and unemployment," he added.

Ortega won the presidential election in September, and Taiwan has expressed concern over his diplomatic intentions.

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