China has been mounting pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen was first elected president of the self-governing island in 2016.
Honduras has said it is seeking formal diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China.
The country has formal ties with Taiwan and would have to break that relationship if it decided to recognize China, which considers the self-governing island of 23 million people as its own territory with no right to interstate ties.
China has stepped up efforts to diplomatically isolate the self-governed island since Tsai Ing-wen was first elected president in 2016.
At that time, Taiwan had formal ties with 22 states. Now that number is 14.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen welcomes Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano to Taipei last September (File: Ann Wang/Reuters)
Below are the countries that still maintain formal ties with Taiwan.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed King Mswati III of Eswatini to the self-governed island in October last year. Eswatini is Taiwan’s only formal ally in Africa (File: Ann Wang/Reuters)