China today hit out against a new representative office opened by Taiwan in the breakaway state of Somaliland, accusing authorities on the self-ruled island of separatism and acting with desperation. The French Press Agency reports that Taiwan opened its office in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa yesterday, in a sign of deepening ties between the two de facto sovereign territories that are denied widespread international recognition.Democratic and self-ruled Taiwan is officially recognised by only 15 nations since China poached seven of its remaining diplomatic allies after President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016.