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China welcomes Sao Tome's split with Taiwan

Sao Tome and Principe's decision to sever ties with Taiwan leaves Taipei with formal diplomatic ties to only 21 statesChina on Wednesday welcomed Sao Tome and Principe’s decision to sever ties with Taiwan, a move that comes after President-elect Donald Trump questioned long-standing US policy towards the self-ruled island. Taiwan, stung by the loss of one of its few allies, accused Beijing of taking advantage of the small West African nation’s financial woes to impose its “One China” policy and said the move would destabilise already tense cross-strait relations. Tensions between the mainland and Taiwan have risen since a highly unusual call from President Tsai Ing-wen to congratulate Trump, who has questioned Washington’s policy towards the island.

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