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Taiwan-Somaliland Deal Sparks Debate About Taipei’s Presence in Africa

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, and his counterpart from Somaliland, Yasin Hagi Mohamoud. Picture via Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Taiwan’s recent effort to revive its diplomatic presence in Africa by signing an agreement with the self-declared state of Somaliland to set up representative offices in each other’s territories sparked an immediate wave of predictable responses.

China and Somalia denounced the move as part of their ongoing efforts to isolate both regions that they consider to be renegades.

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