Solomon Islands reaffirms One China Principle following Taiwan elections result

PM Manasseh Sogavare with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a recent visit to Beijing (Photo: Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands/Facebook)

Solomon Islands reaffirmed its recognition of the One China Principle and that Taiwan is an integral part of the People’s Republic of China’s territory following the outcome of recent elections in Taiwan.  

Solomon Islands Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Jeremiah Manele, called for international respect for China’s sovereignty over Taiwan and support the maintenance of peace and security along the Taiwan straits. 

Solomon Islands values its relations with the People’s Republic of China, who it says is the Pacific nation’s comprehensive and strategic partner. The two countries continue to work together on a number of sectors in the country. 

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in Honiara applauded Solomon Islands’ firm adherence to the One-China principle. 

“The result of the election in the Taiwan region cannot change the underlying dynamic and future direction of Cross-Strait relations. Nor can it stop the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and China’s reunification, which is the trend of the times and history,” said the statement. 

The One China principle is unshakable and brooks no challenge.

A similar statement was issued by Vanuatu – responding to the election of the new President of Taiwan.

The Vanuatu Government reiterated its recognition of the One China Policy reaffirming that Taiwan is an integral part of the People’s Republic of China’s territory, according to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Matai Seremaiah.

DPM Seremaiah urged the international community to respect China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, and to support the maintenance of peace and security along the Taiwan Straits.

“The One China Policy will continue to remain the cornerstone of Sino-Vanuatu relations, founded on the principles of mutual respect, understanding and non-interference in the domestic affairs of others,” he said. Further, that Vanuatu values its relations with the People’s Republic of China, as Vanuatu’s Comprehensive Strategic Partner, and that the two countries will continue working closely together, on the eve of 42 years of diplomatic courtship,” said the Minister.

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