China + China -> Nobel Peace Prize for Ortega?
Both El Nuevo Diario and La Prensa have articles today where President of Taiwan Chen Shui-bian has said that Ortega should get the Nobel Peace Prize if he gets the two Chinas talking. First, I just thought it was funny but it sounds more real the more I think about it.
Not necessarily the Nobel Peace Prize but getting China to accept that Taiwan is a separate nation. Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 24 countries, most smaller/less important than Nicaragua. Nicaragua (like the US) trades with both but, unlike the US, Nicaragua has been trying to be "friendly" with both.
The catch is that China will not recognize Taiwan because it claims (rightly so but that is long ago) that it is just a piece of China that "ran away". So, there needs to be a third party involved. The UN only has China as a member so it is not yet in a position to help.
First, is this what Ortega is trying to do? In 1980 he broke relations with Taiwan and established them with China. That was switched in the 1990s but he has not tried to switch back. He seems to be doing a good job of sticking with the way it is and then trying to get each country to work with Nicaragua.
This non-polarized approach is the best thing going for Taiwan today. If Ortega is really trying to get the two Chinas to start talking to each other, he might actually be able to make it happen.