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China reasserts hard line on Taiwan after Panama's switch

AP  |  Beijing 

is reasserting its hard line on following Panama's switching of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to

Spokesman for the Cabinet's Affairs Office Ma Xiaoguang told reporters Wednesday that there could be no deviation from Beijing's insistence that recognise it's part of

The move by Panama this week was the clearest sign yet of China's drive to increase pressure on Taiwan's independence- leaning President Tsai Ing-wen.

Tsai's ruling Democratic Progressive Party says it wants stable relations with but hasn't endorsed the "one China" principle. cut ties with Tsai's a year ago and has been steadily ratcheting up both diplomatic and economic pressure.

The sides split amid civil war in 1949, and Beijing insists only it has the right to represent in international society.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 13:07 IST