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With an Eye on Annoying China, the U.S. National Security Council Praises Taiwan’s Outreach in East Africa

Just hours after Secretary Pompeo’s critical comments of the Chinese presence in Africa, the U.S. National Security Council followed up with a provocative tweet that praised Taiwan’s recent agreement with the self-declared state of Somaliland.

On July 1, Taiwan and Somaliland announced that they had entered into negotiations to set up representative offices in each other’s capital cities. That sparked a predictable wave of denunciations by both the Chinese and Somali governments who see both as renegade territories within their own countries.

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