Somaliland refused Chinese demand to cease exchanges with Taiwan
Radio Taiwan International
Date: 06 July, 2020
By: Leslie Liao
Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E Yasin Hagi Mohamoud (left) and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
The Somaliland government has refused to cut off exchanges with Taiwan amid pressure from the Chinese government. Last Wednesday, the two countries announced that they would be opening representative offices within each other’s borders.
Media reports say that the Chinese Ambassador to Somalia met with officials in Somaliland twice in an attempt to hamper ties between Somaliland and Taiwan.
Somaliland officials were told that if they ceased exchanges with Taiwan, then the Chinese government would establish a liaison office in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. [FULL STORY]