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“Over the years, we have worked with our diplomatic allies to support national development plans that improve the welfare of our people,” he added.

“Even though the neighborhood is overshadowed by a big bully, Taiwan won’t budge,” Wu said, referring explicitly to China. “I will continue to stand tall as a force for good in the world.”

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was also present at the event, taking a table with allied ambassadors. Among them is the possibility that Paraguay’s ambassador will hold elections next month and end ties with Taiwan.

President Tsai expressed gratitude to all countries that have supported Taiwan internationally. Like Wu, she never directly mentioned Honduras.

If Honduras abandons Taiwan, it will be left with only 13 diplomatic allies, mostly small, developing countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

China has said Taiwan is one of the provinces that does not have the right to enter into state-to-state ties, a view strongly rejected by Taipei’s democratically elected government. Taiwan, facing loss of ally Honduras, says it will not bow to China

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