China, Nauru resume diplomatic relations, open a new chapter of bilateral ties
Published: Jan 24, 2024 12:20 PM Updated: Jan 24, 2024 02:35 PM
Photo:Global Times

Photo:Global Times

In about one week after Nauru's announcement to sever "diplomatic relations" with China's Taiwan region, China and Nauru officially resumed diplomatic relations on Wednesday in Beijing, unveiling a new chapter in their bilateral ties and cooperation. 

The resumption of diplomatic relations was marked with a ceremony held at the Diaoyutai Guesthouse in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Lionel Aingimea, Nauru's minister for foreign affairs and trade, as well as Nauru's former president, attended the event.

During the ceremony, Wang and Aingimea signed the Joint Communiqué on the Resumption of Diplomatic Relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Nauru, and exchanged a handshake, both beaming with smile. 

The People's Republic of China and the Republic of Nauru have decided to resume diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, effective immediately, in line with the interests and desire of the two peoples, reads the communique.

The two governments agreed to develop friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual nonaggression and noninterference in each other's internal affairs, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence, it noted. 

The government of the Republic of Nauru recognizes that there is but one China in the world, that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal Government representing the whole of China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Government of the Republic of Nauru has officially severed "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan as of this day and undertakes not to develop any official relations or official exchanges with Taiwan. 

China applauds Nauru for taking this stance. Both sides agree to exchange ambassadors as early as possible and to provide each other with all the necessary assistance for the establishment of embassies in each other's capitals on a reciprocal basis in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 as well as international customary practices.

Wang stated that with the resumption of China-Nauru diplomatic relations, the two nations will embark on a new chapter of bilateral collaboration across a variety of areas which will be rooted in principles such as the one-China principle, equality, mutual respect, openness and inclusivity.

Following the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Nauru, a total of 183 countries have now established diplomatic ties with China. 

Wang emphasized the widespread acceptance of the one-China principle stressing its importance as a fundamental norm in international relations, that reflects the will of the people and the unstoppable trend of the times. 

Regardless of any changes in the Taiwan question, Wang stressed that the historical fact that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory remains unchanged, adding that the vast majority of countries in the world accept the one-China principle and recognize the government of the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate government representing the entire nation whole of China, Wang said. No matter how the situation induced by Taiwan may change, the historical and legal fact that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory will not alter, he said. 

"The historical process of Taiwan's inevitable return and China's eventual reunification will not be altered," Wang affirmed at the ceremony. 

Some experts said that with only 12 remaining "diplomatic allies" for the Taiwan authorities, it reflects the prevailing trend and popular support for the one-China principle. The DPP authorities' approach of using "dollar diplomacy" and pursuing "Taiwan independence" is against the tide of history and is destined to be abandoned by the international community.