EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, CHINA: The West African Nation of Burkina Faso has announced on Saturday it is formally resuming diplomatic ties with China after breaking off relations with Taiwan.
Burkina Faso’s decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage. Taiwan now has just 18 diplomatic allies.
In November 2013, Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh announced his country has cut ties with Taiwan, calling the decision in the strategic interest of The Gambia and her people. He immediately resumed ties with the Mainland China, who were friends with the tiny West African from the first republic to the 1995, a year after Mr. Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994.
Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.
A document establishing diplomatic ties was signed Saturday in Beijing between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry