China pledges support to new ally Gambia

China pledges support to new ally Gambia

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China will offer its new African ally Gambia support in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other areas, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his visiting Gambian counterpart, after the nation ditched ties with self-ruled Taiwan. Gambia ended formal relations with Taiwan, claimed by China as a wayward province with no right to diplomatic ties, last year. Gambia's new government, which took over from former long-time leader Yahya Jammeh this year, has pledged to continue relations with Beijing. Wang told Ousainou Darboe at a meeting in Beijing that China was ready "to enhance cooperation with Gambia in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other fields", China's Foreign Ministry said late on Tuesday, without giving details. Chinese and French companies are bidding to help Gambia build up its Atlantic port of Banjul to be what industry sources say could be a rival to neighboring Senegal's Dakar, according to Reuters