Analysis-United States, China tussle over Honduras as it weighs Taiwan ties

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By David Alire Garcia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – A pledge by a leading Honduran presidential candidate to embrace China and de-emphasize Taiwan ties if she wins Sunday’s election has prompted diplomatic jostling between Beijing and Washington as each seeks to exert influence on the Central American nation. Honduras, with a population of just under 10 million, is one of a shrinking club concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean that maintains relations with U.S.-backed Taiwan, which China views as a wayward province. Leftist Honduran presidential hopeful Xiomara Castro, who has sought to c…

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