Somali President Mohamed Farmajo met with Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian on Saturday to publicly reaffirm Mogadishu’s commitment to the “One China Policy” following last week’s news that Taiwan was moving to establish a representative office in the self-declared breakaway state of Somaliland.
Somaliland, located in the northwest part of Somalia, is not officially recognized as a state even though neighboring countries like Ethiopia also have representatives offices in the capital Hargeisa.
The move by Taiwan to try and establish a diplomatic relationship with Somaliland is a provocative move that will no doubt anger Beijing who’s worked strenuously over the years to isolate the island nation that it regards as a breakaway province. Today, the tiny landlocked kingdom of Eswatini is the only African country that maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
Official Chinese Responses to Taiwan-Somaliland Diplomatic Agreement
- AMBASSADOR QIN JIAN: “Taiwanese and Hongkong are descendants of China, some of whom were immigrants from Chinese mainland. So they are all unified ancestors. One can’t forget one’s ancestors. Taiwan is the Chinese territory left by the Chinese ancestors.” (@AMB2SOMQINJIAN)
- THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN MOGADISHU: “We resolutely oppose two Chinas, one China, one Taiwan, Taiwan independence, and the separatist forces advocating Taiwan independence and their separatist activities.#Somalia#” (@CHINESESOMALIA)
- East African Business Week: Taiwan Venturing Into East Africa Via Somaliland
- Xinhua: Somalia, China reiterate respect of each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity
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