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Taiwan President to visit African ally Eswatini

President Tsai of Taiwan is on her way to Eswatini, their last African ally.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Eswatini this week. Eswatini is Taipei’s last African ally. According to reports, the island states that it is going to show the world that it is a force to be reckoned with. 

China claims that Taiwan is part of its territory. China states that the region has no right to establish state-to-state relations with other nations. Taiwan has established formal ties with 13 nations to date. The diplomatic ties are with almost all small and underdeveloped countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Some examples include Belize and Nauru. 

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Earlier this year, Honduras ended decades-old ties with Taiwan. Regarding the visit to Eswatini, Tsai says that visiting Eswatini is like visiting an old friend. 

In a broadcast from the Presidential office, she states that the country will continue to make its mark in the world. She also claims that they will continue to forge good relations with the rest of the world. 

Eswatini was formerly known as Swaziland. Tsai is a guest for the 55th Independence Day celebration. It also marks 55 years of bilateral relations between the two countries. 

Taiwan and China relations

The conflict between China and Taiwan arose in the 17th century. The Qing dynasty of imperial China took control of the island in the 17th century. They later lost the island to Japan after the first Sino-Japanese War in 1895. 

China gained control of the island in 1945 after Japan lost the war.

China argues that the territory was previously a Chinese province. Taiwan counterargues that it never belonged to modern China in 1911 or the People’s Republic of China in 1949. 

Tsai had visited Eswatini in 2018. Economy Minister Wang Mei-Hua will accompany President Tsai on this visit.

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