Taiwan slams China, Somalia for criticism of Somaliland office

Focus Taiean
Date: 08/20/2020
By: Emerson Lim

MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) showing a map of East Africa, highlighting Somaliland.

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwan's foreign ministry on Thursday responded to criticism from China and Somalia on the exchange of offices between Taiwan and Somaliland, slamming their promotion of the "one China principle" and "one Somalia principle."

On Monday, Taiwan opened a representative office in Somaliland, a self-declared state in East Africa, in fulfillment of an agreement signed between Taiwan and Somaliland in February.

However, the development has attracted the ire of China, which sees Taiwan as its territory, and Somalia, which has a similar view of Somaliland.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) on Wednesday slammed the opening of the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland as promoting secessionism.

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