Africa – The People’s Republic’s exclusive playground?

Yejoo Kim


The President of Republic of China (ROC, hereafter Taiwan), Ma Ying-jeou, recently
wrapped up his state visit to the country‟s so-called African allies, Burkina Faso, the
Gambia and Swaziland. On the African continent, Taiwan has maintained diplomatic
relations with four countries: the three countries mentioned above and São Tomé and
Príncipe. This state visit was aimed at reaffirming the relations, however São Tomé
and Príncipe cancelled President Ma‟s visit at the last minute, and considering that
this kind of high level visit is organised in advance, the incident stirred up concerns
over the further erosion of the Taiwan‟s diplomatic standing on the continent. Will the
continent be Mainland China‟s exclusive playground?

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