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Costa Rica severed diplomatic ties

June 7 2007

The Central American country of Costa Rica decided to make an unusual diplomatic move: to establish diplomatic ties with mainland China, while to break them with Taiwan.

On this occasion, Foreign Minister of this small island state, James Huang expressed his regret. As he said at a press conference in Taipei, "we have done everything they could to maintain diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, but in the end nothing worked and we regret it."

In turn, the Costa Rican President Oscar Arias explained that he decided to establish relations with China, recognizing its growing economic power: "It is an act of elemental realism," - he said at a news conference in San Jose. On etmo transmits Reuters.

Note that Taiwan retains diplomatic ties with the relatively low number of small and poorer countries, including parts of Central America. Beijing, the government recognizes more than 170 countries.

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