US and China jostle for influence as Honduras weighs ties with Taiwan squib

A pledge by a leading Honduran presidential candidate to embrace Beijing and de-emphasise Taiwan ties if she wins Sunday’s election has prompted diplomatic jostling between Beijing and Washington as each seeks to exert influence on the Central American nation.Honduras, with a population of just under 10 million, is one of a shrinking club concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean that maintains relations with US-backed Taiwan, which Beijing views as a wayward province.Leftist Honduran…
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