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Monday, December 26, 2016, 18:35

China, Sao Tome resume diplomatic relations

By Xinhua

China, Sao Tome resume diplomatic relations
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with his Sao Tome counterpart Urbino Botelho after signing an agreement to restore diplomatic relations in Beijing on Dec 26, 2016. (Greg Baker / AFP)
BEIJING – China and Sao Tome and Principe resumed diplomatic relations in Beijing on Monday, after the west African nation cut "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan last week .

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart in Sao Tome and Principe Urbino Botelho held talks at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse.

The two sides there signed a joint communique to resume the diplomatic relations.

Sao Tome and Principe, an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea and a former Portuguese colony, established diplomatic relations with China immediately after gaining independence in 1975 but switched to Taiwan in 1997.

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Sao Tome and Taiwan broke their ties last week.

The Chinese foreign ministry appreciated Sao Tome and Principe government's decision to break the so-called "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan.

Reacting to the breakup of the “ties”, An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said on Dec 21 that the Chinese mainland's stance on adhering to the one-China principle and opposing "Taiwan independence" is unswerving, and would gain more recognition and support from the international community.

The one-China principle, which concerns China's core interests and the 1.3 billion Chinese people' feelings, is the political basis and premise on which China is to develop friendly relations of cooperation with foreign countries, Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, said.

The principle, which was acknowledged in the Resolution 2758 adopted by the UN General Assembly in October 1971, has become universal consensus in the international community, Hua added.

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