BEIJING: Honduras opened an official embassy in China on Sunday, months after the Central American country switched its diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
China considers self-ruled Taiwan part of its territory and has vowed to take control of the island one day.
It does not allow countries to recognize both Beijing and Taipei, and in recent years has lured away many of Taiwan’s allies using economic incentives.
Honduras’ foreign minister said that “the relations between Honduras and China will open up new opportunities and capabilities to enhance cooperation between the two countries.” Henry Quinn He said this to Chinese state media after the unveiling ceremony of a commemorative plaque for the new embassy.
President of Honduras Xiomara Castro He arrived in Shanghai on Friday for a five-day visit to cement ties and will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Castro is expected to sign a range of agreements during her visit.
Rina said earlier this month that China has already opened the door to imports of melons, shrimp, bananas and other Honduran products.
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang The new Chinese news agency (Xinhua) said the party attended on Sunday and shook hands with Reina in front of a row of Chinese and Honduran flags.
In March, Honduras severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of Beijing.
This shift reduced the number of countries diplomatically recognizing Taipei to only 13.
China opened an embassy in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, this week.


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