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Vol 2 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2009

Africa tests rapprochement

Taipei's strategy enters a new era as it talks about cooperation with Beijing and ends dollar diplomacy in Africa

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou's new diplomatic strategy of rapprochement with China is making waves from the Taiwan Strait to distant African shores. Agreements have been signed between the two sides' semi-official negotiating bodies and their diplomats follow new codes of conduct. Yet the deals have not been debated by the Taipei parliament and they avoid the main issue, the island's sovereignty.

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