BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the United States on Monday for recalling its top diplomats for consultations from three Central American countries which recently switched their diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, calling it an irresponsible action.
On Friday, the US State Department had recalled its chiefs of mission in Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic for evaluating the decision of these countries to break their ties with Taiwan in exchange for better relations with China.
“We demand the relevant country (the US) to properly and prudently handle the Taiwan issue instead of taking irresponsible actions, thus avoiding harming its own image and peace and stability across the Taiwan strait,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a press briefing on Monday.
The spokesperson said that the US had itself established diplomatic ties with China – breaking them with Taiwan – decades ago and should take an objective view of other countries establishing ties with Beijing.
“A country has the right to opens relations within its sovereignty and this should be respected. Other countries are in no position to make irresponsible remarks,” Geng added.
The US move has evoked concerns in the three countries, where some sections, especially in the opposition, are worried that the proximity to China could endanger ties with the US at a time of spiraling political and trade-related tensions between Washington and Beijing.