China cheers as Taiwan splits with one of last few friends


"The split between Taiwan and the West African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe cuts to 21 the number of nations that recognize the government in Taipei, rather than Beijing," report David Tweed and Debra Mao. "The falling out was welcomed by China’s foreign ministry Wednesday as Taiwan accused Sao Tome of making 'astronomical' demands for fiscal aid to maintain ties."