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Gambia: China announced on Thursday it had formally resumed diplomatic ties with Gambia, a former ally of Taipei.


The announcement was made next a conference in Beijing between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Gambian counterpart Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. China announced on Thursday it had formally resumed diplomatic ties with Gambia, a former ally of Taipei.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry instantly expressed regret at Gambia’s shift of diplomatic allegiance. “Taiwan will continue to strengthen cooperation and friendship with its diplomatic allies,” the ministry said.

Gambia severed diplomatic ties with Taipei in 2013, saying the decision was taken in its “strategic national interest”.

The African country presently recognises that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory” and that there is only one China, which is represented by the government of the People’s Republic of China, according to a communiqué signed on Thursday.

The island presently has diplomatic ties with 22 nations, down from a peak of 29 in 1996. Most of these are in Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. In Africa, where Beijing has maintained significant influence through trade and investment , only three nations still recognise Taiwan.

Wang described the resumption of diplomatic ties as a “historic moment” for the two nations, Xinhua reported. He stressed the “one-China” policy was a political precondition and foundation for China to establish and develop diplomatic relations with other nations.

“We believe that the Gambian government will strictly adhere to the one-China policy and support China’s undertakings for peaceful unification,” Wang said.

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