The White House has announced that it will reconsider its relationship with El Salvador, which has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Beijing warns Washington not to interfere.
"Only the people of El Salvador know what benefits their interests, so we expect certain countries to respect the right of sovereign states to develop their own international relations, instead of interfering in their internal affairs," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.
Lu Kang also recalled that El Salvador has joined other 176 countries that maintain diplomatic ties with China (and not with Taiwan, as imposed by Beijing).
Countries that maintain diplomatic ties with Beijing cannot have official relations with Taiwan and vice versa.
Taiwan - the island where the former Chinese government took refuge after the Communist Party took power in 1949 - claims to be the Republic of China, but Beijing considers it a Chinese province and threatens to use force if it declares independence.