Two more of Taiwan's allies – Haiti and Panama – have decided not to support Taiwan's participation in the United Nations.
Haiti and Panama's decision follows a similar announcement from Paraguay that it would not support Taiwan's UN bid this year. Taiwan's foreign ministry expressed regret over the news, but said that diplomatic relations with the countries remain unchanged.
On Thursday a foreign ministry official in charge of Central and South American Affairs, Diego Chou, said that Haiti's decision is understandable.
"Haiti's president and foreign minister have all told us that they have not been able to give us any public support over UN issues because the country relies on a UN peacekeeping mission to maintain order," said Chou.
China is a member of the UN Security Council, which means that it has a decisive role in dispatching UN peacekeeping missions.
China opposes Taiwan's participation in the United Nations, and looks unfavorably upon countries that support Taiwan.