China’s most senior envoy inaugurated a new embassy in the Dominican Republic on Friday after the Caribbean country cut ties with Taiwan in a move that prompted U.S. concern over the Asian island’s dwindling number of allies.

“We have witnessed a historic breakthrough,” capping 20 years of growing engagement, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, the government’s top diplomat, said in a speech televised by Chinese state media.

Along with the Dominican Republic’s decision in May, Panama and El Salvador also stopped recognizing Taiwan in the past two years.

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