Gambia dumps Taiwan, resumes ties with China

By Kono Kisii | Africa Review March 25, 2016

The government of Gambia has re-established diplomatic relations with mainland China after 21 years.

A communique from both governments said they would exchange ambassadors in line with the 1961 Vienna Convention.

It was signed in Beijing on Thursday by Gambian Foreign Affairs minister Neneh MacDouall-Gaye and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Under the agreement, Banjul recognises China as one and indivisible and renounces Taiwan’s sovereignty claim.

The move comes two years after Banjul severed ties with Taiwan.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province which must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary. It demands countries renounce diplomatic ties with Taipei in order to win China’s diplomatic recognition.

Diplomatic ties with Taiwan were established a year after President Yahya Jammeh came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994.

Prior to the coup, Gambia had enjoyed good relations with Beijing which ended after the new regime sealed ties with Taipei.

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