By: Chen Chia-lun, Scarlett Chai and Elaine Hou
Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Taiwan expressed regret Thursday over a decision
by The Gambia and China to resume diplomatic ties two years after the African country severed relations with Taiwan.
Earlier in the day, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Gambia issued a joint statement, indicating that they had reestablished official relations after 21 years.
“It has been two years and four months since The Gambia unilaterally decided to break diplomatic relations with us on Nov. 14, 2013,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement. “We regret The Gambia’s decision to establish official ties with mainland China.”
In an effort to safeguard Taiwan’s interests, the MOFA said, it will stay highly alert to possible suppression by Beijing in the international arena. [FULL STORY]