Guyana overturns decision to allow opening of Taiwan Office

Taiwan foreign ministry said Thursday that it initiated operations of a Taiwan Office provisionally on Jan. 15. (AP)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Guyana’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday overturned the agreement to open a diplomatic office with Taiwan on its territory signed a day earlier, saying that it would continue to adhere to the “one-China policy.”

A statement cited by Reuters said the government had not established diplomatic relations or relations with Taiwan and that they had been terminated due to “miscommunication” at the time of signing the agreement.

Taiwan foreign ministry said Thursday that it initiated operations of a Taiwan Office provisionally on Jan. 15.

Guyana’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday overturned the agreement to open a diplomatic office with Taiwan on its territory signed a day earlier in a statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s Website. (Screengrab)

Under the agreement, should Guyana decide eventually to set up an office of equal status in Taiwan, similar conditions and privileges as the Taiwan Office in Guyana shall apply.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Yi reacted to the move, saying Beijing hoped Guyana would not have official relations with Taiwan. He called on the country to take serious steps to correct Beijing’s mistakes.

The former British colony, located in a region torn between Venezuela and Venezuela, has recently begun to develop oil reserves off the coast, according to Reuters.

China’s CNOOC Ltd. is one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, alongside Exxon Mobil Corp., which has discovered oil reserves in offshore oil fields in Guyana, making the country a new energy hotspot.

Taiwan maintains diplomatic relations with 14 countries, including four Caribbean countries. But that list is shrinking as Beijing pushes smaller countries to change their allegiances.

In 2018, the Dominican Republic announced it would cut ties with the Taiwanese government, which Taiwan’s government attributed to dollar diplomacy.