(From Reuters)

Taiwan’s top security agency said on Monday China’s move to set up diplomatic ties with one of the island’s former African allies was meant to put pressure on President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to “fall in line” before her inauguration on May 20.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hand with his Gambian counterpart Neneh Macdouall-Gaye at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China resumed ties with the small west African state of Gambia last week, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following landslide wins in presidential and parliamentary elections by Tsai and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

Gambia was one of only a few African countries, along with Burkina Faso, Swaziland and São Tomé and Príncipe, to recognize Taiwan, which China regards as a wayward province to be recovered by force if necessary.

China and Taiwan have for years tried to poach each other’s allies, often dangling generous aid packages in front of leaders of developing nations.

On Monday, Taiwan’s normally secretive National Security Bureau said in a report presented to parliament the island’s ties with its few remaining diplomatic allies were at risk of being undermined by financial aid packages from China. Read More

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