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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on El Salvador Breaking Diplomatic Ties with Taiwan

Aug 21, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires responded to El Salvador's decision to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic ties with Beijing:

"El Salvador's decision to cut ties with a democratic Taiwan in favor of China is part of an alarming trend throughout the Western Hemisphere as China uses its economic force to undermine Taiwan's diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. As a co-chair of the Taiwan Caucus, I am deeply concerned by growing Chinese influence in the region that has caused multiple countries to break with Taiwan in favor of Chinese investment that will leave those nations indebted to Beijing for decades to come.  These 'investments' are little more than empty promises that do not create real jobs, only benefit Beijing in the long run, and do not provide any real assistance to the hardworking people they claim to benefit."