The recent recognition of Beijing’s One China policy by three Latin American countries has prompted the US to recall its ambassadors from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama.
Dominican Republic Ambassador Robin Bernstein, US Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and Charge d’Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral were all recalled “for consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan,” the State Department said.
The US will now discuss ways in which it “can support strong, independent, democratic institutions and economies throughout Central America and the Caribbean,” after the countries’ governments switched their allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
All three Central American states switched their formal relations in favor of Beijing recently, with El Salvador recognizing the One China principle in August, the Dominican Republic in May, and Panama in June 2017. Washington instead continues to voice active support for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and the island’s independence from mainland China.