Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived on Tuesday in Eswatini, Taipei’s last African ally, saying the island will continue to confidently engage with the world and show it is a force for good.
Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory with no right to state-to-state relations, now has formal ties with only 13 countries, almost all small, less developed nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, like Belize and Nauru.
In March, Honduras ended decades of ties with Taiwan.
The Taiwanese delegation signed three memoranda of understanding with the southern African country after it met with Eswatini’s King Mswati III.
Taiwan committed to providing $1 million to help the kingdom establish a fund, aimed at supporting women in initiating businesses, Eswatini’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Tsai, speaking at the airport before leaving, said Eswatini was a “familiar old friend”.