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Vanuatu's one-China policy praised
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-12-15 10:45

China hails Vanuatu's adherence to the one-China policy and has offered its congratulations to the newly elected government.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said yesterday in Beijing that Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice-Premier Huang Ju and Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing have sent congratulatory letters to Vanuatu's new Prime Minister Ham Lini and Sato Kilman, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

Ham Lini, who made the resolution in a letter to Premier Wen on Monday, reiterated that Vanuatu would stick to the one-China policy and would not have any official relations with Taiwan.

Prime Minister Lini also reaffirmed that his government has revoked all agreements signed between former Vanuatuan leaders and Taiwan authorities on November 3.

"We appreciate the stance of Vanuatu," Liu said at the regular news briefing.

Liu said China has attached great importance to Sino-Vanuatu relations and 22 years of political ties have shown the development of friendly co-operative relations is in line with the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries.

Liu said the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing China in its entirety and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China.

He said the one-China policy is the fundamental principle on which foreign relationships are based.

He said China is willing to work with the new government in Vanuatu to promote the bilateral co-operative relationship on the basis of the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence.

Vanuatu's parliament on Friday dismissed Prime Minister Serge Vohor, a month after he signed a deal recognizing Taiwan. Deputy Prime Minister Ham Lini was named to replace Vohor.

Six-party talks

Liu Jianchao added that China is still confident and sincere in the continuation of its efforts to push for the early resumption of six-party talks.

He said all parties believe that the six-party talks are, at present, the only feasible and effective way of solving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and they should be continued to bring about a solution.

He called for all parties to show sincerity and flexibility in pushing forward the negotiation process despite difficulties and problems.

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