Latin America

Vaccine diplomacy sees Nicaragua cut ties with Taiwan for Covid shots

Just days after President Daniel Ortega announced his country had cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan, China delivered 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines — with more to come

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China and Nicaragua sign the joint communiqué on the resumption of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Nicaragua in north China’s Tianjin. Photo: Yue Yuewei/Xinhua/Alamy Live News

China’s vaccine diplomacy in Latin America has remained firm to its carrot-and-stick approach, as the country “gifted” Nicaragua with 1 million Sinopharm jabs to complete its Covid-19 vaccination campaign after the Central American nation cut ties with Taiwan. The move comes shortly after China canceled an almost identical contract with Paraguay, after the country refused to break its long-lasting alliance with the island nation, which dates back to the Cold War. 

Indeed, it also follows some of the tensest political moments in recent Nicaraguan history, after President Daniel Ortega was widely accused of rigging elections by banning...

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