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The White House National Security Council applauds Taiwan - Somaliland rapprochement

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This is huge. 

Taiwan is one of America's strings that it pulls when they want to annoy or antagonise the Chinese.   

All of a sudden the US is envolved in Somaliland/Somalia talks. 

Time will tell but so far so Good for Somaliland. 

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1 minute ago, Suldaanka said:

This is huge. 

Somehow there is a sense that the US is behind this all thing just to antegonise the Chinese. 

All of a sudden the US is envolved in Somaliland/Somalia talks. 

Time will tell but so far so Good for Somaliland. 

I personally don't think that is likely the case here. I think this was an organic collaboration between Taiwan and Somaliland, with both parties working off their own accords, to benefit just themselves. The fallout of the deal certainly benefits the US in being able to use it to antogonize the Chinese, but I think that is a byproduct of the deal rather than a motivation for it.

I know it is naive to think that anything of global significance happens in a vacuum, but the feeling I get is that this is one of those rare occasions where two countries worked something out on their own. 

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5 minutes ago, Suldaanka said:

This is huge. 

Somehow there is a sense that the US is behind this all thing just to antegonise the Chinese. 

All of a sudden the US is envolved in Somaliland/Somalia talks. 

Time will tell but so far so Good for Somaliland. 

This is major nod of approval, Somaliland has played this extremely well! 

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The Somaliland Tiawan tie up is being welcomed by the most powerful council in America, the National Security Council. This is huge. It is just short of President Trump approving it. 

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2 minutes ago, Suldaanka said:

The Somaliland Tiawan tie up is being welcomed by the most powerful council in America, the National Security Council. This is huge. It is just short of President Trump approving it. 

It is definitely a headline.

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Oodweyne   

Well, it's a very interesting play. For we are now playing with an astute card. Hence, let's have more of those silly arguments from our "SOL's glorified janitor" (or was it the SOL's maid?), who really thought that this new "diplomatic relationship" between Somaliland and Taiwain was a "colossal blunder," according to that fleece-like brain of his.  

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10 minutes ago, Oodweyne said:

Well, it's very interesting. We are now playing with an astute card. Let's have more of those silly arguments from our "SOL's glorified janitor" (or was it the SOL's maid?), who really thought that this new "diplomatic relationship between Somaliland and Taiwain was a "colossal blunder," according to that fleece-like brain of his.  

 

I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Faratoon (aka Dr. Furre Doon) next destination is Washington DC. :D

It is within the realms of possibility holding talks with both the Pentagon and the White House. 

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^^^^

Yep, I wouldn't be surprised either. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Robert O'Brien (at the NSC's Advisor, who is a replacement of Mr. Bolton) hates the PRC with undisguised passion. And he is one of the few folks in Washington, who openly is advocating that time has come for the US to openly be recognizing Taiwan, diplomatically, and see what PRC could do.

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Indeed. This is a message of encouragement for both Taiwan and Somaliland - that specially the later should not feel alone in the face of Chinese bullying. This comes ahead of the expected arrival of the Chinese envoy to Hargeisa. 

So I am reading this as a message to Hargeisa to stay put and not buckle under pressure from the Chinese.

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To contain China both on trade and military is shared by both American parties. This plot was played well by Somaliland. Now the Chinese Ambassador to Somalia is heading to Hargeisa. 

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6 hours ago, Suldaanka said:

Indeed. This is a message of encouragement for both Taiwan and Somaliland - that specially the later should not feel alone in the face of Chinese bullying. This comes ahead of the expected arrival of the Chinese envoy to Hargeisa. 

So I am reading this as a message to Hargeisa to stay put and not buckle under pressure from the Chinese.

Great point. I hadn't even thought about wrinkle.

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BBC News: US applauds Somaliland-Taiwan ties

The US has applauded Taiwan for establishing diplomatic ties with the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

A tweet from the US National Security Council described Taiwan as a great partner.

Both China and the Somali government in Mogadishu have condemned the move which was announced at the beginning of the month.

China has in recent years been urging African nations to cut ties with Taiwan. Only Eswatini - the country formerly known as Swaziland - has retained full ties.

After years of lingering tensions, the Somali government has recently tried to improve its relationship with Somaliland which declared independence in 1991 but has not been recognised by the international community.

Source: BBC News

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