Mov­ing Tai­wan trade mis­sion called right choice

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

It is “a cor­rect po­lit­i­cal choice” for Nige­ria to or­der Tai­wan to move its trade mis­sion from the cap­i­tal of Abuja, since the one-China prin­ci­ple is glob­ally rec­og­nized, a For­eign Min­istry spokesman said on Thurs­day.

The or­der came while Tai­wan leader Tsai Ing-wen was on a Latin Amer­ica trip aim­ing to ex­pand the is­land’s “in­ter­na­tional space” af­ter the African na­tion of Sao Tome and Principe cut of­fi­cial ties with Taipei last month.

An­a­lysts said Tai­wan will con­tinue to be marginal­ized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity if it keeps chal­leng­ing the one-China prin­ci­ple, be­cause Bei­jing will never com­pro­mise on the na­tional sovereignty is­sue.

At a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang spoke highly of Nige­ria’s de­ci­sion, say­ing it re­moved a bar­rier to healthy de­vel­op­ment of China-Nige­ria ties.

“It proves again that stick­ing to the one-China prin­ci­ple is in ac­cor­dance with the will of the peo­ple as well as the in­ter­na­tional trend,” he said.

The one-China prin­ci­ple holds that the Chi­nese main­land and Tai­wan are parts of one China.

Nige­rian Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Ge­of­frey Onyeama an­nounced the or­der on Wed­nes­day af­ter meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi in Abuja. Tai­wan will no longer en­joy priv­i­leges be­cause it isn’t a coun­try rec­og­nized un­der in­ter­na­tional law, Onyeama said.

The two coun­tries signed a joint dec­la­ra­tion af­ter the talks, in which Nige­ria reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to the one-China pol­icy. Tai­wan has no “diplo­matic ties” with Nige­ria but has an of­fice for han­dling busi­ness af­fairs in Abuja.

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