With Gambia move, China ends diplomatic truce with Taiwan


Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.

The small West African state was one of a few African countries, along with Burkina Faso, Swaziland and São Tomé and Príncipe, to recognize Taiwan, which China regards as a wayward province to be recovered by force if necessary.

China and Taiwan had for years tried to poach each other’s allies, often dangling generous aid packages in front of leaders of developing nations.

But they began an unofficial diplomatic truce after signing a series of landmark trade and economic agreements in 2008 after the election of the China-friendly Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan’s president, as Beijing tried to convince Taiwan of its friendly intentions after decades of hostility and suspicion.

While Gambia severed relations with Taiwan in November 2013, causing anger in Taipei, China had held off establishing formal ties with it until now.

“From here on, China and Gambia’s relations have turned over a new leaf,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Gambian counterpart, Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The early resumption of ties accords with the basic interests of both countries and conforms to the trend of the times and general trend of the development of China-Africa friendship and cooperation,” Wang added.

Macdouall-Gaye, in comments carried on Chinese state television, said the Gambian nation supported “the national reunification, peaceful reunification” of China and Taiwan.

Beijing has repeatedly warned against any moves toward independence since Tsai Ing-wen and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidential and parliamentary elections. Tsai assumes office in May.

Source: Reuters “With Gambia move, China ends diplomatic truce with Taiwan”

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One Comment on “With Gambia move, China ends diplomatic truce with Taiwan”

  1. Joseph says:

    I fail to see the problem in this case. Gambia severed ties with Taiwan on their own accord, no pressure from China. And within Gambia’s own right to do so. So what if Gambia didn’t want Taiwan. Why is it a problem that Gambia decides to seek ties with China? They are adult, they could think for themselves. Perhaps Reuters thinks that African cannot think for themselves without being dictated, but I find the Africans from Africa are pleasant people who are more reasonable and intelligent than Black people in the West who are often more racist and obnoxious than the White people. China might not accept Gambia’s proposal for ties right away to give Taiwan some face in the so-called diplomatic truce, but for how long? It’s been three years. Business and other interests must go on. Instead of absorbing wimpy Reuters political attitude, the Taiwanese should behave like a real adult, a Chinese adult, and not to be dictated by overgrown childish attitude of the Reuters. This way, there may be some salvation for Taiwan economy.

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