Burkina Faso minister visits China after breaking with Taiwan

Burkina Faso minister visits China after breaking with Taiwan

"This is the great, unstoppable trend", he said.

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen lashed out at China following the diplomatic fallout saying the country was using "dollar diplomacy" to lure away its supporters.

China is hosting a summit of African leaders in September in Beijing, where it will likely offer new pledges of aid and preferential loans.

Taiwan now has only one diplomatic ally left in Africa - the tiny kingdom of Swaziland - and formal relations with just 18 countries.

On Monday, Kin W. Moy, director of the American Institute of Taiwan, the State Department's unofficial presence on the island, announced that it would dedicate its new compound - an embassy in all but name - on June 12.

Beijing says Taiwan is merely a Chinese province, with no right to state-to-state relations.

More countries than ever had voiced support for Taiwan after Beijing blocked it from a major meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month, said Tsai, who cast it as a sign the island was gaining global recognition.

Beijing has also demanded worldwide airlines make it clear that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are all part of China on their websites.

The attack to China from Taiwan continued on Twitter, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the island tweeted: "We ended 24 years of ties with #BurkinaFaso today".

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

China's aviation regulator last month sent letters to 36 airlines asking them to remove references on their websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, in a move described by White House at the time as "Orwellian nonsense".

"China grabbing our allies and giving us pressure in the diplomatic space will not shrink the distance across the (Taiwan) strait and will not let cross-strait relations walk on a peaceful, friendly path".

Both China and Africa long for early realization of this goal, he said.

Earlier this month, the USA clothing retailer Gap apologised for selling T-shirts featuring an "erroneous" map of China, which did not include the island of Taiwan. We also promise that these kinds of substantive relations will only continue to progress, and will never regress.

The people of Taiwan should not be alarmed as the air force was well able to monitor the Chinese aircraft as they approach and during their missions and can ensure Taiwan's security, the ministry added.