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Flags of Taiwan and Burkina Faso are seen inside Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei Taiwan

Flags of Taiwan and Burkina Faso are seen inside Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei Taiwan

Burkina Faso announced Thursday that it was cutting ties with Taiwan, leaving the country with only 18 diplomatic allies - the lowest number in history.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Alpha Barry sign a joint communique to resume diplomatic relations between China and Burkina Faso, in Beijing, capital of China, May 26, 2018.

On Friday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that "China's growing pressure will only strengthen other countries' support for us".

Tsai said Taiwan would not engage in "dollar diplomacy" and would not cower to China's pressure.

Tsai said China was showing insecurity over "more substantial developments in relations between Taiwan and the U.S., and other like-minded countries".

Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has stepped up military action and pressure on its worldwide space since Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became the self-ruled island's president two years ago.

While internally, some Taiwanese citizens prefer largely to maintain the status quo.

"The Burkina Faso government is following the trend of the times and made the right political decision", he said.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during an annual banquet for the European Chamber Of Commerce in Taipei
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during an annual banquet for the European Chamber Of Commerce in Taipei

Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a notice to 36 foreign airlines last month, asking them to comply with Beijing's standards of referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese territories, in a move described by the White House as "Orwellian nonsense".

"It won't work even if Taiwan accepts the consensus, as China won't accept a free interpretation of 'one China, '" Chen argued at a regular news briefing while calling for unity among Taiwan's people.

"China toys with dollar diplomacy and promises huge sums of money to entice many countries to build relations", Tsai said.

He said the resumption of China-Burkina Faso ties signified a step forward to a goal that all African nations will join in the big family of friendly cooperation between China and Africa.

Burkina Faso had terminated relations with Taipei first in 1973 but restored them in 1994. That was soon followed by bombers, surveillance aircraft, and fighter jets from China's air force that have been circling Taiwan on a semiregular basis in recent weeks.

She said: "China's crude behaviours to undermine our sovereignty have already challenged the bottom line of Taiwan's society".

"We will not make any concessions", she was quoted as saying by the Central News Agency on Saturday.

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