China and Honduras began formal diplomatic relations on Sunday; this comes as a major diplomatic blow to Taiwan.
China's announcement of the move came shortly after Honduras said it had officially severed ties with Taiwan.
China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement; "The two governments have decided to recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, effective immediately."
Taiwan slammed the move and accused China of intimidation to lure away its few international allies.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said; "China has suppressed the international space of (Taiwan) for a long time, unilaterally endangering regional peace and stability."
The switch cuts to 13 the number of countries that still diplomatically recognize Taiwan, which has lost several allies in recent years.
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