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Focus on Eswatini: Taiwan’s last friend in Africa (2019/03/15)
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    Focus on Eswatini: Taiwan’s last friend in Africa (2019/03/15)

    How long can Taiwan hold onto its last ally on the African continent? The landlocked African country of Eswatini has had diplomatic relations with Taiwan for more than 50 years. It became Taiwan's last remaining African friend following Burkina Faso's flip to Beijing last May. Taiwan's ambassador to Eswatini told FTV that Beijing has been ramping up pressure on Eswatini, courting the kingdom with cash and other incentives. Join us as we survey the situation on the ground with Taiwan's last friend in Africa.

    Jeremy Liang took up the post of ambassador to Eswatini last year. Since then he has poured effort into a constant pipeline of projects to combat China’s campaign in the African kingdom.

    Jeremy Liang
    Taiwan ambassador to Eswatini
    China is using cash or other lures. It covets Eswatini. It has designs to destroy the relationship between the country and Taiwan. This has gone on every day.

    Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has a friendship with Taiwan that extends over 50 years. The two sides have cooperated closely on projects pertaining to everything from agricultural technology to biotechnology. Today several Taiwanese enterprises have set up factories in Eswatini. Taiwan’s embassy provides support to these businesses, as it strives to grow Taiwan and Eswatini’s diplomatic bond.

    Jeremy Liang
    Taiwan ambassador to Eswatini
    We take our strengths and we maximize them. We maximize our effectiveness. And we take the factors that we discover could be injurious to Taiwan-Eswatini relations, and we mitigate them as much as possible. There is pressure, absolutely. But we are not sitting back passively in this situation. There is no room here for pessimism.

    Vumile Dlamini
    Eswatini royal
    I really appreciate this collaboration and this friendship that we have with Taiwan. Taiwan is our second home.

    Taiwan’s embassy confirmed that it’s facing diplomatic headwinds in Eswatini, now the last African country that recognizes Taiwan. But the ambassador said he was confident that so long as Taiwan and Eswatini continue to derive mutual benefit, their 50-year-old friendship will endure.

    中文 Chinese  
    破壞台灣邦交國 中國金錢利誘史瓦帝尼

    與台灣建交時間超過50年的非洲內陸國史瓦帝尼,在去年五月布吉納法索與台灣斷交後,成為台灣在非洲僅剩的唯一邦交國,大使梁洪昇說中國沒有一天不想要用金錢、利誘方式挖走我們的這位友邦,但仍會持續努力,維持好兩國邦交。看看民視記者來自史瓦帝尼的報導。

    去年接下史瓦帝尼大使職務的梁洪昇,上任後便馬不停蹄展開各項工作,因為中國不斷的想破壞台史關係。

    [[駐史瓦帝尼大使 梁洪昇]]
    “中國用金錢或用利誘的方式,覬覦史瓦帝尼,想破壞台史關係的企圖,沒有一天有停過。”

    史瓦帝尼過去叫做史瓦濟蘭,與台灣有超過50年的邦交關係,不論是農業技術,或是生技科學,兩國都有積極密切的合作,另外也有不少台商在當地設廠經營事業。大使館除了協助台商之外,也與當地政府加強互動。

    [[駐史瓦帝尼大使 梁洪昇]]
    “(我們的)強項把它極大化,功效極大化,我們把一些瞭解到掌握到一些會對台史關係有損害的因素把它極小化。壓力一定有,我們沒有消極,也沒有這個悲觀的空間。”

    [[史瓦帝尼親王 VUMILE DLAMINI]]
    “我們很珍惜和台灣的合作與友誼,台灣是我們第二個家。”

    大使館坦言,台灣確實面臨著外交困境,史瓦帝尼現在也是非洲唯一的邦交國,但相信在互惠互助的情況下,雙方關係將能長久不變。
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