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Last Updated: Monday, 7 August 2006, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
Chad chooses China over Taiwan
China has confirmed that it has resumed diplomatic relations with the African nation of Chad.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Chad counterpart Ahmad Alam-mi signed a communique restoring ties on Sunday.

Taiwan, which has had diplomatic ties with Chad since 1997, severed links earlier the same day.

Taiwanese officials said the Chad government's decision was prompted by Chinese promises to cut aid to rebel forces opposing it.

China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and insists that countries with whom it has diplomatic links do not recognise Taiwan.

The decision leaves Taiwan with only 24 diplomatic allies, mostly small states in the Pacific, Latin America and Africa.

Seven countries have changed allegiance since President Chen Shui-bian assumed office in May 2000.




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