In cooperation with Somaliland in East Africa, the Taiwan authorities staged a farce of setting up so-called “representative offices” each other. However, Somaliland’s independent state status has not been internationally recognized, and the two sides’ move has been criticized by many parties inside and outside the island. Among the many voices of opposition, the authorities still insist on their own way. On the 17th, the so-called “Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland” was set up. Tsai ing ing Wen, the leader of the authorities, also boasted that this was an “important moment in bilateral relations”, triggering public criticism.
in recent years, the Taiwan authorities have encountered an avalanche of broken diplomatic relations. At present, there are only 15 so-called “diplomatic countries”, and unwilling authorities “engage in affairs” from time to time. According to Taiwan’s “Central News Agency”, the so-called “Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland” was established on the 17th, which the Taiwan foreign affairs department once called “official”.
Tsai ing Wen, the leader of the authorities, boasted in an article that this is an important moment of so-called “bilateral relations”, and also hyped the need to “strengthen cooperation with Somaliland and jointly cope with global challenges”.
ironically, Somaliland is not really a country, and its “national identity” is not recognized by other countries and the United Nations internationally. The Somali government insists that Somaliland is an integral part of the country. Faced with such an embarrassing reality, the government’s practice is no different from “newspaper group warming”.
many Taiwan netizens are dissatisfied with the hype of the authorities. Some netizens said, “I finally understand the meaning of idioms, crazy people talk about dreams”, “it’s just self-interest”, “and brush the sense of being”.
some netizens satirized that “Somaliland and Taiwan are not members of the United Nations, neither of them is a member of the United Nations. They should” embrace each other warmly “. Wu zhaoxie (head of Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Department) searched the world to find it.”
previously, Wang Shushen, director of the Taiwan US Relations Office of the Taiwan Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, once told the overseas network that Taiwan’s practice was a manifestation of Tsai ing Wen’s “diplomacy” and showed its ability to expand international space by using Somaliland. However, Somaliland is not internationally recognized and cannot help the Taiwan authorities to participate in international organizations. After CAI was in power, there were only 15 “diplomatic countries” left, and there was only one in Africa. The trend of gradual decrease will not change.
as for the similar actions of the authorities, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of the people’s Republic of China has repeatedly said that this will only fully expose its political nature of seeking “independence” in the international arena through various occasions and in various names, and advise the authorities to give up the “separatist plot” and stop making so-called “diplomatic” breakthroughs in the international arena. We also urge the countries or regions concerned to abide by the one China principle and not provide any stage or convenience for the authorities to seek “independence” in the international arena. (Yang Jia)