Taipei blames Beijing’s ‘dollar diplomacy’ for Caribbean country’s move, leaving it with only 19 diplomatic allies

The Dominican Republic and China have announced that they are establishing diplomatic relations as the Caribbean country becomes the latest state to dump Taiwan, leaving it with just 19 diplomatic allies worldwide.

Mainland China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949, when the defeated nationalist government fled to the island. Beijing is increasing international pressure to prevent diplomatic recognition of what it considers a renegade province.

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