Date: May 26, 2018
By: Abdi Latif Dahir
For Taiwan, the list of its diplomatic allies in Africa has dwindled to all but one
This week, Burkina Faso said it would cut its ties with the island nation, joining a growing list of countries cowering to increasing pressure from China to cut their ties with the island nation. Under its One-China policy, China refuses to maintain diplomatic relations with any nation that recognizes Taiwan, a self-governed island off its southeastern coast which Beijing considers an integral part of its territory.
This leaves eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) as the only African country with formal relations with Taiwan, along with 18 other allies around the world—mostly smaller and poorer nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean. [FULL STORY]