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Gambia and the “One China” Policy

Gambia and the “One China” Policy

The decision in November by Gambia’s president to end diplomatic recognition of Taiwan has actually complicated relations between Beijing and Taipei as both capitals have since 2008 had an informal truce on the question of diplomatic recognition. Sven Grimm and Yejoo Kim at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University commented on this dilemma in a 18 November 2013 piece titled “The Gambia Defecting from Taiwan - Misunderstanding the ‘One China’ Policy?” They conclude that the bidding war between Beijing and Taipei to win diplomatic recognition by offering aid funding is over, a situation which Gambia may not understand.