Most African nations adhere to the “One China” policy of Beijing and are careful to avoid offense when the policy comes into diplomatic question. The South African kingdom of eSwatini, for example, is the only nation on the continent that maintains its diplomatic ties with Taiwan; the Dalai Lama of Tibet is no longer welcome in Botswana, after tense exchanges when he planned but canceled a 2017 visit that raised the ire of China.

Now it’s the Hong Kong crisis that’s under scrutiny, and Uganda has gone on record to say it supports Beijing. It issued a statement late last week describing the protests as “radical and violent,” and reiterated its support for Chinese authority in what, since 1997 and Hong Kong’s separation from the UK, is a special autonomous region. Read more…

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