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Vol 3 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2010


The long shadow of dollar diplomacy

Five years after Senegal’s break in diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the island state which only has 23 diplomatic allies continues to haunt political life. At the heart of the affair are the opaque dealings concerning a US$14 million aid package ‘offered’ by Taiwan to support bilateral cooperation. Wanting to maintain its ‘privileged’ relations with countries that recognised its sovereignty, the Taiwanese government dispensed largesse without much in the way of accounting and Senegal’s leaders allowed funds for public projects to transit through the private bank accounts of troubled businessmen linked to the regime.

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