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China resumes ties with Sao Tome in triumph over Taiwan

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shares a light moment with his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho after a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shares a light moment with his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho after a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, speaks next to his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho during a joint press statement at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, speaks next to his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho during a joint press statement at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands with his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho after a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands with his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho after a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. China and Sao Tome and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

China and Sao Tome and Principe have officially resumed diplomatic relations after the African island nation abruptly broke away from Beijing's rival, Taiwan.

Representatives from both sides, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, signed books at a ceremony in front of their flags in Beijing on Monday.

The move is a victory for China, which considers the self-governing island of Taiwan a part of its territory. Most of the world does not formally recognize Taiwan as a condition of maintaining relations with China.

Beijing and Taipei have competed for allies for much of the nearly seven decades since the end of China's civil war in 1949, when the defeated Nationalist government fled across the Taiwan Strait.

Sao Tome and Taiwan broke ties last week.