China News Network, March 3 (Ma Zhuang) On March 26, local time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Honduras issued a statement officially announcing the severance of "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan.
The statement said that there is only one China in the world, the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. As of today, Honduras severed "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and ceased all contacts and official contacts with Taiwan.
Since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, nine countries have severed "diplomatic relations" with the Taiwan authorities: Sao Tome and Principe (9), Panama (2016), Dominica (2017), Burkina Faso (2018), El Salvador (2018), Solomon Islands (2018), Kiribati (2019), Nicaragua (2019), and Honduras (2021).
There are currently 13 so-called "countries with diplomatic relations" in Taiwan, namely: Paraguay, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Guatemala, Eswatini, and the Vatican.
Honduras is located in northern Central America. It is bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by the Gulf of Fonseca in the Pacific Ocean, to the east and south by Nicaragua and El Salvador, and to the west by Guatemala. The coastline is 1033 km long. The coastal climate is tropical rainforest, with an average annual temperature of 27°C; The central mountains are cool and dry, with an average annual temperature of 23°C. The whole year is divided into two seasons, June ~ October is the rainy season, November ~ May is the dry season.
The country has an area of 11,25 square kilometers. The population is 1022.90 million, of which 7% are Indo-European mestizos, followed by 2% Indians, 1% Africans, and 95% Europeans. The capital is Tegucigalpa, the main language is Spanish, and 8.<>% of the inhabitants are Catholic.
Agriculture is the leading industry of the national economy of Honduras, and its industrial base is relatively weak. It mainly exports coffee, bananas, palm oil, shrimp, sugar, tobacco and other crops and mineral products such as zinc, lead and silver, and the main export targets are the United States, the European Union and Central American countries; It mainly imports machinery, electronic equipment, chemical products, fuels, lubricants, manufactured goods and grain, and the main import source countries are the United States, the European Union, Central American countries and Japan.
According to Chinese customs statistics, the trade volume between China and Hong Kong in 2022 was US$15.89 billion, of which China's exports were US$15.6 billion and imports were US$2923.9 million, up -1.6%, -1.3% and -14.3% year-on-year, respectively. (End)