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Liberian Legislature reaffirms support to one-China principle

By Nicholas D. Nimley, in Monrovia, Liberia | | Updated: 2022-08-08 13:50
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Liberia's legislature reaffirmed on Friday the country's position supporting the one-China principle.

The country's position follows the recent visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to China's Taiwan region, despite repeated warnings from Beijing.

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Senator Comany Wesseh told local media on Friday: "We have no doubt about Liberia's position, the position of the Liberian legislature and the position of the Liberian government, that there is only one China."

Wesseh said that Liberia recognizes the People's Republic of China as the country to which it has relations, and its policy of one China, has been endorsed and fully supported by the government and the people of Liberia.

"Our support to the one-China principle doesn't affect the relations we have with other countries, and we must not be seen to waiver on this matter," Senator Wesseh said.

Speaking earlier, Senate President Albert Tugbeh Chie reiterated that Liberia will continue to abide by the one-China principle.

Senator Chie expressed hope that exchanges and cooperation with the People's Republic of China will be strengthened in order to promote continuous development of bilateral relations.

On Thursday, China's Ambassador to Liberia Ren Yisheng expounded China's principled position on the Taiwan question, firmly opposed and severely condemned the visit of Pelosi to Taiwan.

Also, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday reiterated support for the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971 on the one-China principle.

Guterres said: "That is the orientation that we have in everything we do," he told reporters at a news conference while answering a question regarding Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region.

On October 25, 1971, the UNGA passed Resolution 2758 which recognizes that the representatives of the Government of the People's Republic of China are the only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations.

The resolution also recognizes the PRC is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

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