Dominican Republic–Taiwan relations

Dominican Republic–Taiwan relations

Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic maintained official relations with the Republic of China (commonly referred to as China before 1949 and Taiwan after 1949) from 1944 to 2018.[1] At the time it broke relations, it was the largest economy amongst the 19 UN member states to have had fully recognized the Republic of China as the sole legitimate representative of all of China.

On April 30, 2018, the Dominican Republic announced they were severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan and would establish relations with the People's Republic of China, recognizing Taiwan as an "inalienable part of Chinese territory".[2]

Diplomatic missions and personnel

Taiwan's former embassy in the Dominican Republic was located in the Bella Vista neighbourhood of Santo Domingo.[3] The Dominican Republic's former embassy was located in the Shilin District of Taipei. Víctor Manuel Sánchez Peña served as Dominican Republic's ambassador in Taipei from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2011.[1]

In April 2012, Julia Ou (區美珍), an Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission official attached to Taipei's embassy, was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her Santo Domingo apartment.[4] The murder remained unsolved by the end of the year.[5]

Bilateral visits

In August 2008, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou visited Santo Domingo and met Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández. They agreed that the two countries would begin to push for the signing of a free trade agreement.[6]


  1. 1 2 Hou, Elaine (2011-06-21). "Ma urges outgoing Dominican ambassador to promote Taiwan". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  2. Abiu Lopez, Ezequiel (2018-04-30). "Dominican Republic forges tie with China, breaks with Taiwan". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. "Emabajada de la República de China en la Rep. Dominicana". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  4. Yeh, Joseph (2012-04-19). "Envoy found stabbed to death in Dominican Republic". The China Post. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  5. Shih, Hsiu-chuan (2012-12-12). "Government offers help in Caribbean murder case". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  6. "Taiwan, Dominican Republic to work on FTA". The China Post. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2012-12-27.

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