73.6 percent of the population in El Salvador considers that the establishment of diplomatic relations with China was "not right" or "unwise", according to a survey released today by a private university.
The survey, prepared by the Research Center of the Salvadoran Public Opinion (Ciops) of the Technological University (UTEC), indicates that 41.6 percent of the interviewees considered that decision as "not right", while the 32 percent says it was "unwise".
17.7 percent of Salvadorans said it was "wise" and 8.7 percent did not answer the question of the survey, developed between October 5 and 7.
The Ciops survey had a national sample of 2,133 interviews with adults, and with a sampling error of give or take 2.14 percent and 95 percent confidence.
Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén reported on August 20 on a national radio and television station about breaking ties with Taiwan, one of the main cooperators with his country in the areas of technology, health, agriculture and education, to ally with China.
El Salvador was the most recent to join a trend initiated by other nations that have decided to strengthen ties with China to the detriment of Taiwan, such as the Dominican Republic, which did it last May, Panama in June 2017, or Santo Tomé and Prince, in December 2016.
Donald Trump’s Government called Ambassador Jean Manes on September 7 to consult on the decision of Executive Sánchez Cerén to establish relations with China.
"Any country has the right to make its own decisions and many countries have relations with China, including the United States, but also the US has the right to analyze these decisions," Manes said at a press conference.
She added that this "abrupt change" of Salvadoran diplomacy "should be seen in the context as the latest in a series of worrisome political decisions, including continued support to governments in Venezuela and Nicaragua."