Horn Of Africa Beijing sends foreign ministry delegation as Somaliland mulls recognition...

Beijing sends foreign ministry delegation as Somaliland mulls recognition of Taiwan

-

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (right) and his Somaliland counterpart Yasin Hagi Mohamoud (MOFA/CNA photo)

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (right) and his Somaliland counterpart Yasin Hagi Mohamoud (MOFA/CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese delegation is reportedly arriving in Somaliland, a self-governing territory in East Africa, following rumors that the Somaliland government is considering formally recognizing Taiwan.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry delegation, dispatched from Beijing, will arrive in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, on Wednesday (August 5), the Somaliland Chronicle cited officials from the East African territory’s foreign ministry as saying. This came just one day after the same paper reported that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi is weighing the possibility of unilaterally recognizing Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday declined to comment on the issue, which if confirmed will certainly anger Somalia, a neighboring nation that claims Somaliland as part of its territory, not to mention China. The ministry has full knowledge of the situation and remains in close communication with Somaliland authorities, according to MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安).

Taiwan and Somaliland pledged to strengthen bilateral ties early in July through the setting up of mutual representative offices as well as the promotion of cooperative projects.

It is also reported that the Chinese Ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian (覃儉), has been in Hargeisa since August 1 — the third time this year. He has been requesting to meet with President Bihi of Somaliland, who reportedly instructed aides to provide a risk analysis of furthering diplomatic ties with Taiwan but has so far declined to meet with the ambassador.

Somaliland, officially called the Republic of Somaliland, is a de-facto independent state with a population of approximately 3.5 million. Despite declaring itself an independent state in 1991, Somaliland to this day has not been recognized by any foreign government.

China and Somalia both criticized Taiwan for its efforts to advance ties with Somaliland back in July. The Somali government — which has diplomatic relations with China — condemned Taiwan for undermining Somalian sovereignty, while Beijing labeled the move by Taiwan as part of a separatist plot perpetrated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Sylvia Teng
+ posts

Latest news

The TPLF Attack on Ethiopia Contains the Accumulated Evil of the War

The TPLF Attack on Ethiopia Contains the Accumulated Evil of the War The western nations that Ethiopia previously kow-towed to...

Turkish Red Crescent donates meat to South Sudan needy for Muslim holiday

Turkey will support South Sudan government, people to achieve peace, prosperity, says Turkish deputy head of mission The Turkish Red...

Israeli Spyware Found on Phones of Thousands of Activists, Journalists & Politicians

(ZH) As Ed Snowden warned in a tweet when the story broke this weekend, “this leak is going to be the story of...

Egypt/Ethiopia/Sudan: Could the US be the key to unlocking the GERD deadlock?

In a speech on 15 July to kick-start a national project, “Decent Life”  (حياه كريمة), Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah...

Tens of thousands gather in Ethiopia’s capital to condemn Tigray rebels

Tigray People's Liberation Front, deposed in 2018, continues deadly attacks even after government's unilateral cease-fire Tens of thousands of people...

UAE linked to listing of hundreds of UK phones in Pegasus project leak

Member of the House of Lords and Briton once detained in UAE among those appearing in database A member of...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you