International community stands firm on one-China principle

Countries express support for one-China principle, reject 'Taiwan independence' and affirm Taiwan as part of China

Xinhua January 22, 2024
Chinese and Taiwanese flags are seen in this illustration, August 6, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS


Following the two elections in the Taiwan region in 2024, more countries and organisations have reiterated commitment to the one-China principle, expressing support for China's efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Indonesia "consistently respects the one-China policy," said Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

Singaporean President Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that his country sticks to the one-China principle and firmly opposes any remarks or acts for "Taiwan independence."

The Afghan interim government said in a statement that it is committed to the one-China principle and considers interference in China's internal affairs provocative and detrimental to regional peace and stability.

Both Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Prime Minister Nadir Larbaoui said that the Taiwan question is purely China's internal affairs, and Algeria has always firmly adhered to the one-China principle. Stressing that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, the Algerian leaders also expressed support for China to achieve national reunification, while rejecting any form of "Taiwan independence."

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement reaffirmed its adherence to the one-China principle, and stressed that Taiwan is an integral part of the Chinese territory. Sudan supports the People's Republic of China in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity, it added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan said that South Sudan has always firmly adhered to the one-China principle and opposed any interference in China's internal affairs.

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Togo firmly adheres to the one-China principle and supports the Chinese government's position on the Taiwan question, said Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, adding that Togo fully supports China in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Ja'afaru Yakubu, chairman of the House Committee on Nigeria-China Relations, said in a statement that Nigeria opposes any separatist activity aimed at "Taiwan independence" and foreign interference in internal affairs, and it fully supports China's strive in achieving peaceful reunification.

Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs Regis Onanga Ndiaye reiterated in a statement Gabon's firm adherence to the one-China principle, saying the country opposes any words or actions that undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The minister stressed Gabon's unwavering support for the Chinese government's efforts to achieve national reunification.

President of Cote d'Ivoire Alassane Ouattara reaffirmed the adherence to the one-China principle, saying that Cote d'Ivoire's position on the Taiwan question is clear: there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is part of China.

Guinea-Bissau's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the country reaffirms its firm and unconditional support for the one-China principle, calls for full respect for China's sovereignty, non-interference in its internal affairs and full respect for its territorial integrity.

Zambia's Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mulambo Haimbe reiterated Zambia's firm adherence to the one-China principle and recognised that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and Zambia firmly opposes "Taiwan independence," he said.

Timothy Musa Kabba, Sierra Leone's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, said that Sierra Leone remains committed to the one-China policy. Sierra Leone will continue to enhance practical cooperation with China in various fields and safeguard their legitimate interests, he said.

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Uzbekistan strongly advocates the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and supports all efforts made by the Chinese government to achieve national reunification, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

Neven Pelicaric, adviser to the Croatian president for foreign and European policy, said Croatia has always firmly adhered to the one-China principle, and the elections in the Taiwan region are a matter for China.

Gyula Thurmer, leader of the Hungarian Workers' Party, said that respecting the one-China principle is essential for maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and is also one of the pillars of international peace and security.

The party condemns any form of recognition for "Taiwan independence," he said, adding that supporting Taiwan's separatist forces and official contact with the Taiwanese authorities represent blatant interference in the internal affairs of the People's Republic of China. Such acts threaten world peace, he added.

Brasil Acosta Pena, member of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Congress of the Union of Mexico, said that there is only one China, a fact that will not be changed in any way by the election results in Taiwan. He called on people to unite with China for the good of humanity.

Dennis Francis, president of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reaffirmed that the UNGA will adhere to the one-China principle guided by the UNGA Resolution 2758.

Yemen, Mauritania, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Samoa, Tonga and many other countries have also expressed firm support for the one-China principle by various means.


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