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Taiwan diplomacy

The West African nation of Burkina Faso formally established diplomatic relations with Beijing on Saturday.

The deal was signed by the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry at a state guest house in Beijing in front of reporters.

China has resorted to dollar diplomacy, promising vast amounts of money to establish official relations with many countries.

Taiwan says the Republic of China, its official name, is a sovereign country with the right to develop relations with other countries.

Beijing and Taipei have each refused to diplomatically recognize any nation that recognizes the other, and each side has offered generous aid in the past to attract allies among developing countries.

Tension between democratic Taiwan and its big neighbour has increased in recent months, with China suspicious the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen wants to push for the island's formal independence.

Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has stepped up military action and pressure on its global space since Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became the self-ruled island's president two years ago.

Tsai says she wants to maintain the status quo but will not be bullied by China and will defend Taiwan and its democracy.

Memorial Day tributes scheduled across the area
On Monday , Memorial Day the Veteran will meet at 8:00-8:15 a.m.at the Maynard Community Hall to prepare for the days services. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in the nation's service.

"We also call on private firms to collectively reject China's unreasonable demands to change their designation of "Taiwan" to 'Taiwan, China, '" it said. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.

Wu expressed regret at Burkina's decision and added that Taiwan can not compete with China's financial resources.

"It won't work even if Taiwan accepts the consensus, as China won't accept a free interpretation of 'one China, '" Chen argued at a regular news briefing while calling for unity among Taiwan's people.

Some countries have switched back and forth between Beijing and Taipei several times.

It is the second time Burkina has cut ties with Taiwan.

China is Africa's largest trade partner, with massive investments in mining, construction and banking, though it has been less active to date in Burkina. It last did so in 1973, before resuming relations with Taipei in 1994.

Tsai's tenure has already seen the loss of three allies to China, with the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Sao Tome and Principe all switching allegiance since 2016.

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