A German pornographer is sentenced to four years imprisonment in Somaliland.
Taiwan announces that it will open a representative office in Aix-en-Provence to serve southern France. This is the second Taiwanese representative office in France and the third office to open this year, coming after the establishment of an office in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and the re-opening of the office in Guam.
Taiwan announces it will mutually establish representative offices with the unrecognized breakaway state of Somaliland. While relations are not diplomatic at this point, further establishment of diplomatic relations would make Taiwan the first sovereign state to recognize Somaliland and the first new diplomatic ally that Taiwan has gained in 13 years.
African leaders agree on a continent-wide free trade zone, which encompasses all African nations except for Eritrea and Somaliland. The various European territories located in Africa are also excluded. It will be the largest free trade zone since the creation of the World Trade Organization.