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Vol 1 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2008


Changing horses

In the latest diplomatic challenge to Taiwan, the tiny Atlantic archipelago is again flirting with Beijing

The appointment of a new Prime Minister in São Tomé e Príncipe could herald a reverse for Taiwan, according to regional diplomatic sources, who say political and commercial considerations are pushing the government to consider a switch in relations back to mainland China. Such a move would be the latest setback for Taiwan, which has seen its modest collection of small and impoverished African allies dwindle in the face of a concerted push by Beijing. Malawi in January followed Chad and Senegal in switching allegiances.

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