Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Guatemala and Belize comes days after Honduras ditched Taiwan in favour of China, leaving the country with only 13 nations that diplomatically recognise it.
Beijing warned that it was vehemently opposed to the reported meeting between President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a scheduled stopover in California.
Honduras snaps decades-old ties with Taiwan, the Latin American country announces, saying it recognises "only one China in the world" and leaving Taipei with just 13 countries with which it has formal diplomatic ties.
The announcement came as Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina was heading to China to hold talks on the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing.
Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina says interest rates were very high and "choking" Honduras, and the proposal was "related to finding a debt financing mechanism for [Taiwan] to buy [Honduran] debt."
Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Reina spells out reasons why the Central American country is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with China, which implies severing eight-decade ties with Taiwan.
Xiomara Castro, leader of the Central American country, says she has instructed her foreign minister to open diplomatic ties with Beijing. Meanwhile, Taiwan urges Honduras not to fall into "China's trap."
Lima says traffic remains blocked in eight of the Andean country's 25 regions, blaming roadblocks for many deaths and shortages of basic goods.
The Honduran police have been tasked with moving en masse into the country's two largest cities to root out criminal gangs.
President Xiomara Castro imposes emergency after hundreds of bus and taxi drivers protested in capital Tegucigalpa to demand the country take steps to stop gangs from extorting a "war tax" from them.
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