Taiwan 'needs to protect its space' after China renews ties with Gambia

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Taiwan needs to protect its international space as its diplomatic position is precarious, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday after China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia and anger mounted in the self-ruled island at the move. The small West African state was one of only a few African countries, along with Burkina Faso, Swaziland and São Tomé and Príncipe, to recognize self-ruled Taiwan, which China regards as a wayward province to be recovered by force if necessary. China and Taiwan have for years tried to poach each other's allies, often dangling generous aid packages in front of leaders of developing nations.