Panama Cuts Off Diplomatic Relations With Taiwan, Shifts Alliance To China

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Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced late Monday his Central American country would switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, a move analysts said is a major success to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory. In a televised address on Monday Varela said Panama, which has strategic…