This African nation is now considered as the last friend of Taiwan in the said continent.
China has tried to win over eSwatini repeatedly, but the tiny kingdom, previously known as Swaziland, is staying with Taiwan for “diplomatic and political morality” even though it is left standing alone, report said.
It is the only African country that maintains diplomatic relations with the Asian island after Burkina Faso turned to China in May 2018.
China does not allow countries to have official ties with both itself and Taiwan as it regards the island as a breakaway province that it has vowed to retake, by force if necessary.
But the government of eSwatini says it will stick with Taiwan.
Last June, a new economic agreement signed has just taken effect and will see the southern Africa nation exporting certain goods – including honey and avocados – to Taiwan duty free.
“It’s national interest more than anything else,” long-serving eSwatini Government Spokesman Percy Simelane told the BBC in the capital, Mbabane.
“They have been with us since independence and they have contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of this country,” he explained.
Taiwan quickly recognized Swaziland when it gained independence from Britain in 1968, leading to an unlikely alliance that has lasted half a century.