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Nauru rejects ‘one China’ principle

SOVEREIGNTY:Nauru’s president promised that his country would do its utmost to support Taiwan’s participation in international organizations like the WHO and ICAO

Staff writer, with CNA, Nauru

President Tsai Ing-wen, left, presents an acoustic guitar, handmade by a Taiwanese Aboriginal luthier, as a gift to Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa in Nauru yesterday.

Photo: CNA

The Nauruan parliament yesterday passed a resolution rejecting Beijing’s “one China” principle and “one country, two systems” framework as it welcomed a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa read the resolution, stating that members of parliament rejected the “one China principle” and “one country, two systems” framework, and recognized Taiwan as a sovereign and independent nation.

Waqa is the first foreign head of state to have publicly expressed in parliament his opposition to Beijing’s “one country, two systems” framework.

Tsai flew to Nauru from Palau on Sunday to continue her eight-day visit to three of the nation’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, including the Marshall Islands.

She received a grand welcome yesterday morning at the Nauruan government building complex, including a traditional dance by Nauruan students and a police parade.

At the welcoming ceremony, Waqa said that Taiwan and Nauru shared values of freedom and democracy, and he thanked Taiwan for its assistance and support.

The Nauruan government will do its utmost to support Taiwan’s international participation in various international conferences and work with Taiwan toward the goal of sustainable development, he said.

Waqa said he hoped the two countries would continue to deepen their bilateral cooperation and consolidate their friendship.

Tsai said that before her departure for Nauru, she saw a video of Waqa speaking in anticipation of her visit and she could feel Nauru’s affection for Taiwan.

Waqu is a “super good friend” of Taiwan, said Tsai, who was presented with a feather necklace and a set of commemorative stamps at the ceremony.

Tsai in turn conferred on Waqu the Order of Brilliant Jade with Grand Cordon in recognition of his contribution to promoting friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

After the ceremony, the two heads of state held closed-door discussions on bilateral cooperation.

Tsai later delivered a speech in English to the Nauruan parliament, after which the Taiwan-friendly resolution was passed.

Reading the resolution, Waqa said that members of parliament welcomed Tsai’s visit to the country, and vowed to support and safeguard Taiwan’s democratic system of governance.

The parliament respects the will of the 23 million Taiwanese, rejects the “one China” principle and “one country, two systems” framework, opposes China’s military intimidation of Taiwan and recognizes the fact that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent nation, according to the resolution.

Nauruan lawmakers also want to strengthen substantive ties with Taiwan and support its international participation in various international organizations, including the WHO, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the resolution states.

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