China, Malawi establish diplomatic ties

Updated: 2008-01-14 19:45

 Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) and Malawian Presidential and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Davis Katsonga (L) signed the joint communique to establish diplomatic relations in Beijing on December 28, 2007. []

China and Malawi established diplomatic relations from Dec. 28, 2007, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced in Beijing on Monday.

A joint communique says the governments of China and Malawi, in conformity with the interests and desire of the two peoples, have decided to recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations between the two countries at ambassadorial level as from Dec. 28, 2007.

The Chinese government supports the Malawian government in its efforts to safeguard its state sovereignty and develop its economy, says the joint communique.

The Malawian government 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, according to the joint communique.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Malawian Minister for Presidential and Parliamentary Affairs Davis Katsonga exchanged views on the future development of China-Malawi relations after signing the joint communique in Beijing.

Malawi Confirms Diplomatic Relations

Malawian Foreign Minister Joyce Banda confirmed  in Lilongwe Monday that her country has established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

It means that Malawi has cut off its 41-year-old relationship with Taiwan, a province of China.

"The government of the Republic of Malawi recognizes that there is but one China in the world ... and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory," said Banda, whose country has become the 170th country to have diplomatic relations with China.

In Africa, only four states, with a total population of less than 17 million, recognize Taiwan. They are Swaziland, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Sao Tome and Principe.

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