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Which Way Somaliland: Taiwan or China?

Somaliland is the middle of a tense courtship between China and Taiwan, leading to conflicting signals about which way the self-declared nation in the Horn of Africa is leaning. On the one hand, if you follow the Twitter accounts of Mohamed Hagi, the newly arrived ambassador to Taipei, and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you’d likely think this is a done deal and that the two governments are moving ahead with diplomatic recognition.

Not surprisingly, the Chinese government is not going to just let this pass, given that Taiwan is viewed as a core strategic issue and Beijing works tirelessly to try and isolate the island it claims is a breakaway province.

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