Burkina Faso has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The country is among the very small number of African countries that maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan
The ministry in a statement said “This decision is guided by the firm desire of the government of Burkina Faso to defend the interests of Burkina Faso and its people in the concert of nations,”.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu confirmed the move by Burkina Faso at a briefing Thursday. Taiwan has previously condemned what it called China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign of luring away Taiwan’s allies with promises of vast financial aid and investment
Burkina-Taiwan diplomatic relations have witnessed several ebbs and flows over the past five decades.
Originated in 1961, the relations between them lasted only one decade ending when the UN recognized China.