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Panama, China establish diplomatic relations

Updated: Jun 13,2017 9:41 AM     Xinhua

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela delivers a speech in Panama city, Panama, June 12, 2017. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced on June 12 that the Republic of Panama and the People’s Republic of China have established diplomatic relations. [Photo/Xinhua]

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced on June 12 in a televised speech that the Republic of Panama and the People’s Republic of China have established diplomatic relations.

China set up an office of commercial development in Panama in 1996. Since then, the two countries have maintained cooperation in various fields.

Formal diplomatic relations between the two countries were established after Panama cut its ties with China’s Taiwan.

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