Ownership of the building that hosted Taiwan’s embassy in Nicaragua has been given to Beijing, prompting Taipei’s anger
Authorities in Taipei lashed out at Nicaragua’s decision to hand over to Beijing the building in Managua that previously served as the embassy of Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Foreign Relations Ministry called the move “unlawful and utterly disgusting,”Explosion of the “Ortega regime”For blocking the sale of the property to Nicaragua’s Catholic Church for the symbolic $1 price
Earlier on Monday, the office of Nicaragua’s Attorney General Ana Julia Guido said the sale, which was reported by the local press, had no legal power. The attempted transfer of the real estate, vehicles, and other embassy property happened last week, shortly before the deadline set by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government for Taiwanese diplomats to leave the country.
According to the AG, Nicaragua considered the property owned by China. Officials appointed by Beijing were allowed to manage the property since Managua changed its diplomatic recognition to the mainland. Taiwan is officially the legitimate government for China, having succeeded the loser in the Chinese civil conflict.
Nicaragua’s Attorney General claims that China is the sole owner of Nicaragua’s real estate and furniture. Some media reports claimed that Taiwan had ‘donated its diplomatic headquarters and vehicles to the Archdiocese Of Managua’ before it left the country. pic.twitter.com/fXUGeojUcu
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Taiwanese diplomats wanted their embassy to be sent to Managua, the Roman Catholic archdiocese. Carlos Aviles (the vicar general), confirmed that the embassy would be moved to La Prensa, an anti-Sandinista newspaper, on Monday. He said that the legal proceedings were still to take place.
Silvio Jose Baez, an auxiliary bishop of the diocese who went into exile in 2019, appeared to criticize the government’s move by posting a link to the news on Twitter. He also offeredMany quotes are from the Bible that denounce theft of property, greed and other crimes.
Nicaragua’s switch of China recognition reversed a decision taken in 1990 by President Violeta Chamorro, after she won an election and came to power. The previous government under Ortega maintained Nicaragua’s original diplomatic relations with Taipei until 1985, when he dropped them and established ties with Beijing.
After winning the 2016 presidential election, Sandinista’s leader was back in power. However, he kept close ties with Taiwan who became an important investor and employment creator for Nicaragua. Many observers explain the change of the status quo by citing Ortega’s poor relations with the US – Taiwan’s staunch supporter – and China’s ambitious investment projects in Latin America.
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