BANJUL Gambia’s new authorities has endorsed the “a single China” coverage and said it would not build any official relations or contacts with Taiwan, continuing a coverage adopted in March 2016 by the authorities of former chief Yahya Jammeh.
The coverage affirms the Chinese position that there is only a single China and Taiwan is element of it.
Taiwan made casual contacts with the new authorities in an endeavor to protected a improve of coverage, senior Gambian authorities officers told Reuters. Senior Chinese officers attended new president Adama Barrow’s swearing-in ceremony.
For many years, China and Taiwan have tried to poach each and every other’s allies, usually dangling generous assist offers in entrance of leaders of developing nations.
“The authorities … shall remain resolute in upholding the ‘one China’ coverage and fully assistance all initiatives by the Chinese authorities to unify its rightful territory,” it said in a statement,” it said in a statement late on Sunday.
Barrow defeated Jammeh in an election in December. Jammeh experienced held ability for 22 many years and only stepped down in January as hundreds of West African troops who experienced entered the country were being poised to enter the money.
China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia in March previous 12 months. São Tomé and Príncipe adopted and switched recognition to Beijing in December.
In Africa, only Burkina Faso and Swaziland now figure out Taiwan, seen by China as a wayward province to be recovered by power if essential.
(Reporting by Pap Saine and Ben Blanchard Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg Editing by Toby Chopra)