China, Nauru resume diplomatic relations

Nauru acknowledges one China, severs links with Taiwan, emphasising shared goals

Xinhua January 24, 2024
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Lionel Aingimea in Beijing, China, Jan. 24, 2024. PHOTO: XINHUA


China and Nauru signed a joint communique in Beijing Wednesday on the resumption of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, held talks with Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Lionel Aingimea and signed the joint communique, effective as of this day.

This communique made Nauru the 183rd country which has diplomatic ties with China.

According to the joint communique, the Government of the Republic of Nauru recognizes that there is but one China in the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal Government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.

The joint communique said that the Government of the Republic of Nauru shall sever "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan as of this day and undertakes that it shall no longer develop any official relations or official exchanges with Taiwan.

The two governments agree to exchange ambassadors as early as possible and to provide each other with all the necessary assistance for the establishment of embassies, said the joint communique.

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"Today, the China-Nauru ties have opened a new chapter," said Wang during the talks.

Wang said that although China and Nauru are geographically separated by oceans, the friendship between the two peoples has a long history. As developing countries, both sides are faced with the common tasks of developing economy, improving people's livelihood and realizing modernization.

As members of the Global South, the two sides share the same will to safeguard their own sovereignty and independence, safeguard the common interests of developing countries, and promote an equal and orderly multi-polar world and economic globalization that benefits all. This is the fundamental logic that has brought the two countries closer to each other and will certainly bring broad prospects for cooperation, he said.

Wang stressed that the resumption of diplomatic ties between China and Nauru once again shows to the world that adherence to the one-China principle is an irresistible historical trend.

Wang pointed out that there are still a very few countries that maintain so-called "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan for various reasons, which not only goes against the interests of their own countries and their people, but also violates the UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 and infringes on China's national sovereignty. Such practices should be corrected sooner or later.

China urges these countries to recognize the trend of the times, said Wang, adding that China is ready to open a new chapter in its relations with these countries on the basis of the one-China principle.


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