Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month on Thursday after Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province.
Burkina Faso's decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, China, May 26, 2018.
Taiwan has accused China of using dollar diplomacy to lure away its allies, promising generous aid packages, charges China has denied.
She added: "China toys with dollar diplomacy and promises huge sums of money to entice many countries to build relations".
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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.
Ms. Tsai, unlike her predecessor, refused to acknowledge a principle that China and Taiwan are part of "one China"-a formulation Beijing sees as an acknowledgment that political unification is possible in the future".
The communiqué said there was only one China, that Taiwan was an inseparable part of China, and that Burkina Faso would not have official ties with Taiwan.
Arguably the most liberal place in Asia, Taiwan stands in stark contrast to Communist China's authoritarian one-party state and is a strategic Pacific ally for Washington to counter Beijing's territorial ambitions.
The move to dump the island, which is left with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world, sparked the resignation of Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu.
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Taiwanese observers say Beijing appears eager to bring all of Africa into its diplomatic orbit before hosting a China-Africa summit in September.
China is Africa's largest trade partner, with massive investments in mining, construction and banking, although it has been less active to date in Burkina.
"We also call on private firms to collectively reject China's unreasonable demands to change their designation of "Taiwan" to 'Taiwan, China, '" it said.
Some countries have switched back and forth between Beijing and Taipei several times.
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On the evening of May 24, President Tsai Ing-wen issued a major statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso.