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Chinese envoy visits El Salvador

FORMER ALLY:The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted El Salvador’s new president as saying that his government would ‘correctly handle’ Taiwan issues

Reuters, BEIJING

El Salvador’s decision to establish ties with China was correct and the two countries have bright prospects, a Chinese envoy told El Salvador’s new president, who has been critical of Beijing.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, a 37-year-old former mayor of San Salvador and a political outsider who was elected in February, had questioned whether his country should maintain diplomatic relations with China.

In March, he accused the Asian giant of not playing by the rules and intervening in other nations’ affairs.

In August last year, El Salvador broke ties with Taiwan to establish relations with China, following the Dominican Republic and Panama.

China later offered El Salvador about US$150 million for social projects and 3,000 tonnes of rice to feed thousands of drought-hit Salvadorans.

Meeting Bukele in San Salvador on Friday, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Qin Gang (秦剛) offered congratulations from Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in various fields have developed rapidly and presented broad prospects for development,” the ministry yesterday cited Qin as saying.

“The facts prove that China and El Salvador establishing ties accords with the trend of the times, has enjoyed popular support and is the right decision.”

The statement cited Bukele, who took office yesterday, as saying the new government is committed to continuing to develop ties with China and would “correctly handle Taiwan-related issues.”

Beijing’s growing role in Latin America has unnerved Washington.

In August, the White House warned that China was luring countries with incentives that “facilitate economic dependence and domination, not partnership.”

Bukele has been critical of the benefits El Salvador received after establishing diplomatic ties with China.

The outgoing government of former Salvadoran president Salvador Sanchez Ceren has defended its decision to open ties with China and has accused Bukele of receiving orders from the US to cut ties with the country.

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