Taiwan president to strengthen ties with Africa

By On April 17, 2018

Taiwan president to strengthen ties with Africa

Taiwan president to strengthen ties with Africa Taiwan president to strengthen ties with Africa

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has left for the African nation of Swaziland to strengthen bilateral ties amid China's growing influence on the continent.

Tsai left Taipei on Tuesday for a 5-day trip to the southern African country.

Some African countries have cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan while China, touting a "One China" principle, expands its economic and military influence in the region.

Taiwan has diplomatic ties with 2 African nations -- Swaziland and Burkina Faso in the west. That's down from 8 in 2000.

Tsai has vowed efforts to win support for Taiwan' ;s position, saying that going out into the world will give Taiwan a boundless future.

China's military plans to hold a live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait, near Fujian Province, from Wednesday.

Taiwanese defense authorities see it as a regular drill, but are stepping up their alert.

Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan

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