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Nigeria Emerges as the Newest Front in the U.S.-China Dispute Over Whether Taiwan Should Be Admitted to the World Health Assembly

Nigeria is now at the center of a bitter dispute between the American and Chinese embassies in Abuja over whether Taiwan should be admitted to the World Health Assembly (WHA). The issue erupted late last week when U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth ...

Diplomatic Fishing Expeditions

This week provides numerous examples of China's complex presence in West Africa. Take Ghana for example:  even as Chinese entities are building multiple vocational training centres across the country, Chinese citizens are being rounded up for illegal gold mining and Ghanaian cocoa farmers are grappling with the implications ...

The U.S. and China Face Off Against One Another in Latin America Over Vaccine Distribution

No news today from Africa about Chinese vaccine distributions but lots of action unfolding in Latin America where the United States and China are squaring off against one another, particularly in countries that still maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan. U.S. officials ...

Chinese State Media Refutes Erroneous Taiwan Report About Vaccinated Chinese Workers in Uganda Contracting COVID-19

China's state-run Global Times newspaper took aim at an erroneous report published on the Taipei-based news website Taiwan News that 47 Chinese workers who contracted COVID-19 last week in Uganda had previously been vaccinated with a Chinese C19 vaccine.  ...

Taiwan’s Blossoming Business and Diplomatic Ties With Somaliland Proceed Unimpeded by China

The President of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, met with Taiwan's envoy to Hargeisa this week for talks. Back in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen took note of the meeting and retweeted a photo of the two officials bumping shoulders.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

It May Seem Odd to a Lot of People in Africa But Taiwan is a Really Big Issue for Chinese Diplomacy on the Continent

It's safe to say that what's happening in Taiwan these days is not a paramount concern for most African stakeholders. But you wouldn't know that from the emphasis that senior Chinese officials, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, put on the issue in their bilateral talks with ...

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland Opens Twitter Account

If you'd like to follow what's going on at Taiwan's newly-opened representative office in the Horn of Africa in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, you can do so on their equally new Twitter account. Follow "Taiwan In Somaliland" ...

Somaliland President Says Ties With Taiwan “Bonded by Shared Democratic Values and Freedoms”

The president of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, published a short video statement on Wednesday following the opening of a new representative office in Taiwan. President Abdi acknowledged that the Horn of Africa with its ...

Somaliland Opens New Representative Office in Taiwan

The self-declared state of Somaliland opened its new representative office in Taiwan today in a move that is bound to further anger officials in both Somalia and China.  In his address at the opening ceremony, Somaliland’s chief representative in ...

Indian, U.S. Perspectives on Taiwan-Somaliland Relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the Czech Republic's senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will "pay a heavy price" for violating Beijing's sacrosanct "One China" policy for his ongoing visit to Taiwan. Foreign Minister Wang's sharp tone offers a preview ...
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