Before Sunday’s election, US is urging Honduras to maintain ties with Taiwan, angering Beijing.

Ahead of a presidential election in Honduras this weekend, China is accusing the US of “bullying” after Washington reiterated that it wants the small Central American nation to maintain its longstanding diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of “arm-twisting and bullying behaviour” that will “not will any hearts and minds”.

Honduras is one of 15 countries that maintains diplomatic relations with self-ruled Taiwan. China views Taiwan as its own territory, with no right to state-to-state ties, a view the government in Taipei strongly rejects.

Xiomara Castro, Honduras’ main opposition left-wing candidate who leads in the latest polling for Sunday’s presidential vote, has previously said that if

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