China is Africa’s biggest trading partner. This is why over 40 African heads of state and representatives were in Beijing, China, between September 3 and 4, 2018 for the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) which will tighten China’s grip over Africa and deepen Africa’s dependency.
However, only one country in the continent wants none of the Chinese support and has refused to adhere to the terms of China to benefit from the development drive. This country is eSwatini, the only absolute monarchy in the world. eSwatini was formerly known as Swaziland.
The tiny kingdom was absent from this week's Africa summit and appears to have no plans of attending anytime soon. It's the last African nation that still recognizes Taiwan as an independent country, much to the dismay of the Chinese leadership in Beijing as China considers Taiwan to be a wayward province.
Swaziland Foreign Minister, Mgwagwa Gamedze, recently reemphasized the kingdom's commitment to Taiwan, warning China that Beijing "must not play mind games because our relationship with Taiwan is over 50 years so we will not dump them ... We have no desire to change camps since Taiwan has been good to us."
Until recently, eSwatini, Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso were the only African countries that recognized China’s estranged ally, Taiwan, and were punished with aid restrictions. China succeeded in ensuring the closure of all Taiwanese embassies in all African countries they had succeeded in wooing.
Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso fell for the millions of dollars China was offering while eSwatini preferred to hold on to Taiwan, which is considered as a breakaway region by China. The Taiwanese government provides eSwatini with aid and economic assistance.
Meanwhile, China has assisted the rest of the continent with $60 billion in 2015 and presently, another $60 billion for Africa and a clean up of the debt maturing by this year of its Least Developed Countries (LDCs), highly indebted, landlocked and Small Islands States.
These formed part of the eight new initiatives announced at the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing between September 3rd and 4th. China also launched an initiative to promote non-resources-based China imports from Africa, and a $5 billion special fund to accelerate such efforts.
China and Taiwan separated in 1949 after the Communist victory in a civil war that saw the Nationalists flee to the island. The two sides have never united ever since despite back and forth diplomatic battles.
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Source: IOL, African Liberty
Header Photo: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters (eSwatini's King Mswati III at the United Nations headquarters in New York)