Defection of Honduras further extends Beijing’s influence in American backyard and comes ahead of expected controversial talks between Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in the US.
President Joe Biden’s Summit of the Americas paid the price for excluding some nations, while Beijing’s events succeed by putting stress on inclusiveness.
Xiomara Castro’s trip – at President Xi Jinping’s invitation – marks another step in the new relationship, after her nation ditched ties with Taiwan in favour of Beijing.
China has recently bolstered its relations with the likes of Ecuador, El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina and Nicaragua, even as Latin America traditionally looks to the United States as its top source of business.
Angel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza’s is the first known death of an immigrant child in custody during the Biden administration.
Police said they were searching for suspect Francisco Oropeza following the overnight shooting in Cleveland, north of Houston. ‘Everyone that was shot was shot from the neck up, almost execution-style,’ police said.
US envoy Chris Dodd’s visit comes as Honduras seeks to establish diplomatic relations with China, in a blow to Taiwan.
Honduran President Xiomara Castro tells the country’s foreign minister to begin the process of establishing formal ties with mainland China.
Output from the world’s second-largest coffee producer is expected to drop next year, amid dwindling stockpiles and a poor harvest outlook at a time when global coffee consumption is increasing.
Two former mayors – a leftist and an independent outsider – will fight it out for the Colombian presidency on June 19 after coming out tops in a first voting round Sunday.
Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose 2014 to 2022 stint as president was plagued by allegations of corruption, risks spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
Juan Orlando Hernandez governed the Central American nation for eight years until last month, and the US now wants him to face drug trafficking charges in American courts.
Kamala Harris says conversation was initiated by William Lai at Honduran presidential inauguration.
Honduras is one of the few countries maintaining diplomatic ties with Taipei instead of Beijing.
President-elect Xiomara Castro, after meeting Taiwan’s vice-president, says her country is grateful to Taipei and they ‘hope to maintain this relationship’.
William Lai has virtual meetings with 17 members of Congress in one morning during his stop in Los Angeles en route to Honduras, Taiwanese media says.
William Lai is attending swearing-in ceremony of presidential-elect Xiomara Castro, who has hinted she may switch to Beijing.
William Lai will stop in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and have virtual meetings with US ‘political dignitaries’, Taiwan’s presidential office says.
William Lai will lead a delegation at the event, as Taipei seeks to boost ties with remaining allies. Honduran president-elect Xiomara Castro pledged to switch allegiance to Beijing during her campaign but has since backtracked.
Incoming Honduran president had threatened to sever ties with the island but her team has since backtracked.
Senior allies of newly-elected president Xiomara Castro are signalling a reversal on her pledge to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing.
Nasry Asfura of the National Party accepted defeat and personally congratulated Castro for winning Sunday’s vote.
A victory by Xiomara Castro would make her the nation’s first female president and end 12 years of conservative rule.
Taiwan ‘will remind Honduras to pay attention to China’s flashy and false promises,’ says foreign ministry spokeswoman.
Taiwanese foreign ministry welcomes Juan Orlando Hernandez’s visit, first announced by the Honduran presidential palace, but offers no details.
The fire has consumed 30 homes and businesses and forced the evacuation of some 400 people. Four people have been hospitalised with burns