Somalilandsun: In a ceremony on August 17, the city of Hargeisa, capital of the de facto state of Somaliland on the eastern edge of the African continent, raised the “blue sky, white sun, wholly red earth” flag of the Republic of China (ROC), the formal name of Taiwan.
Although never recognized by international society, Somaliland declared independence from the Somali Republic in 1991 and has since functioned as an effective nation-state. In July, the Somaliland government reached an agreement with Taiwan for the mutual establishment of official representative offices in each country. The two governments also promised to deepen cooperation in a number of sectors, including medical care, technology, and education. Continue reading