MOFA dismisses reports of eSwatini severing ties as fake news

Taiwan's new ambassador to eSwatini Jeremy Liang (梁洪昇) presented his credentials to the African country's monarch King Mswati III.

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA)-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday that the reports about eSwatini planning to break diplomatic relations with Taiwan were part of a “disinformation campaign,” and it urged the public not to be misled by such fake news.

The fake news originated from a foreign-based website that uses simplified Chinese characters, and it was the latest attack maneuvered by foreign hostile forces against the Republic of China (Taiwan), MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

Lee said that on Thursday, Taiwan’s new ambassador to eSwatini Jeremy Liang (梁洪昇) presented his credentials to the African country’s monarch King Mswati III. eSwatini is the only country in Africa that formally recognizes Taipei rather than Beijing in a diplomatic tug-of-war between Taiwan and China.

Three of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies have switched recognition to Beijing this year, leaving Taiwan with only 17 allies, amid increased pressure by China.