Dear Sir or Madam
I’m a freelance writer based in Taiwan, writing to you in relation to the recent election in Gambia. I have written several op-ed pieces on Taiwan’s relations with African nations. This is one example of my work, which was published after Jammeh broke ties with Taiwan in 2013.
While I realise the future is still up in the air right now, I’d be interested in your thoughts as to how a new government might approach relations with Taiwan. Would they keep things the same and stick with Beijing, or is there any possibility that they would consider switching back?
Many thanks for your thoughts.
Freedom Newspaper Editor’s Response:
Thanks for reaching out to us. At this time, there is no information available as to whether the new President elect Adama Barrow’s upcoming administration, would be severing ties with the already existing bilateral ties between The Gambia and Mainland China, reached by the Jammeh dictatorship. Mainland China, has been Gambia’s ally in both the First and Second Republic. The Jammeh regime severed ties with Mainland China, in the early days of the July, 22nd 1994, coup. This was largely motivated by CASH for Diplomacy. Jammeh dumps Taiwan, once Taipei could no longer cater for his growing thirst for cash to waste.
The new administration is inheriting a virtually bankrupt nation; with the economy, health sector, tourism, agriculture, and infrastructure in shambles. Hopes are high within and outside the country for a brighter future Gambia–with the coming of the new administration sometime in the New Year.
We are keenly monitoring developments on the ground. Once again, thanks for contacting us. Have a great day.
Pa Nderry M’Bai