Panama opens embassy in Beijing after break with Taiwan Jul 28, 2017 0 18 12345 PANAMA CITY Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country's FM said, deepening links with the world's No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with ally Taiwan. Panama established diplomatic ties with China in June and broke with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing, as it lures away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the self-ruled island that China regards as a wayward province."The opening of the embassy of the Republic of Panama in the People's Republic of China has been done in accordance with the rules that dictate diplomatic relations between the 2 countries," Panama's FM stated. (REUTERS)It added that the embassy was already functioning, although an ambassador had yet to be installed.Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China's trade office in the country had on July 13 formally become its embassy in Panama.Panama's business community, which encouraged the embrace of Beijing and helped drive the diplomatic deal, cheered the decision to establish full ties with China, hoping to deepen links with a key customer of the nation's shipping canal.(Reporting by Elida Moreno; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Peter Cooney and Clarence Fernandez) POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US donates aircraft, arms to Manila to fight IS rebels Jul 28, 2017 0 7 Japanese who helped save Angkor Wat awarded 'Asia's Nobel' Jul 28, 2017 0 7 Japanese who helped save Angkor Wat awarded"Asia's Nobel" Jul 28, 2017 0 5 UK's plan to send warship to S China Sea likely to irk Beijing Manila, July 27, 2017 (AFP) -Western governments are warning their citizens against travelling to nearly all of the southern third of the Philippines, citing the rising threats of terror attacks and kidnappings by .. Avoid southern Philippines: Western governments REUTERS SYDNEY Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. .. Venezuelans fearing vote violence flee to Colombia Villa del Rosario, Colombia, July 26, 2017 (AFP) -The flow of Venezuelans crossing the border into Colombia to escape unrest and penury at home has become a torrent because of fears of violence surrounding a weekend .. Venezuelans fearing vote violence flee to Colombia AFP Villa del Rosario The flow of Venezuelans crossing the border into Colombia to escape unrest and penury at home has become a torrent because of fears of violence surrounding a weekend election organized by the .. Western govts issue advisories to citizens against visiting Marawi By Colin Packham SYDNEY, July 27 (Reuters) - Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move .. Britain plans to send warship to S.China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing AFP Manila Western governments are warning their citizens against travelling to nearly all of the southern third of the Philippines, citing the rising threats of terror attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants. .. US gives surveillance planes to Philippines AFP Manila The United States donated surveillance aircraft and began delivering weapons to the Philippines on Thursday to help its Asian ally fight Islamist militants. The two Cessna C208B planes, which together with .. Seven Mexicans among 10 migrants dead in Texas truck Mexico Seven Mexicans were among the 10 migrants who suffocated in an overcrowded, sweltering truck smuggling them into the United States, Mexico said Wednesday, up from an initial figure of four. The Mexican foreign .. Ex-Thai PM Yingluck rallies for support ahead of court verdict DPA Bangkok Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday rallied for support ahead of a court verdict related to her failed rice subsidy policy. "I'm about to go to Ubon Ratchathani province to join my .. Trump assails GOP senator who opposed health care bill WASHINGTON President Donald Trump accused Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, of disappointing the country by opposing the GOP effort to demolish the Obama health care law, after initial votes .. New Zealander shot dead in Philippines MANILA Police have arrested the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting of a New Zealander on a central Philippine island, officials said Thursday. Another suspect is being sought. One of two men on a motorcycle shot dead .. Indonesian villagers cut down forest in orangutan sanctuary AP JAKARTA Nearly a fifth of the forest in an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been taken over by people, a conservation group says, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered ..