African allies say no to Chinese money

MUTUAL INTERESTS:Burkina Faso and Swaziland said that relations with Taiwan are not based on money and they would continue to lobby for UN membership for Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 26, 2017
By: Bloomberg

The nation’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties

President Tsai Ing-wen meets Burkinabe Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba at the Presidential Office on May 22 last year. Photo provided by the Presidential Office

with Taipei, despite Beijing’s efforts to woo them, officials said.

Burkina Faso will not cut relations with Taiwan, despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the “one China” principle, Burkinabe Minister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry said.

Swaziland has also said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not money.

“We get outrageous proposals telling us: ‘If you sign with Beijing, we’ll offer you US$50 billion or even more,’” Barry said in an interview in the capital, Ouagadougou, this month. “Taiwan is our friend and our partner. We’re happy and we see no reason to reconsider the relationship.”   [FULL  STORY]

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