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Taiwan Stops Aid to Senegal


Taiwan has severed diplomatic ties with Senegal and stopped aid to the west African country following its decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with the Beijing government.

A statement by Taiwan's Foreign Ministry late Tuesday said Taiwan will immediately suspend all aid programs to Senegal in order to protect its "dignity and sovereignty."

On Tuesday, Senegal and China issued a joint statement saying the Senegalese government recognizes one China, and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of that territory.

Without Senegal, Taiwan is now officially recognized by 25, mostly small, nations.

Taiwan and China split in 1949, after civil war. Beijing still considers it part of its territory and has vowed to use force, if necessary, to prevent the island from taking formal steps toward independence.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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