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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 29, 2018
2018/05/30

Q: In response to the resumption of diplomatic ties between China and Burkina Faso, Tsai Ing-wen recently claimed that the Taiwan authorities would not compete with the mainland in the so-called "checkbook diplomacy". What is your comment?

A: The Taiwan authorities' allegation that the mainland conducts "checkbook diplomacy" is entirely a groundless slander.

There is only one China in the world. The government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government that represents the whole of China and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory. This not only has been enshrined by the United Nations' resolution but also represents the universal consensus of the overwhelming majority of the countries around the globe. The Chinese government never allowed, does not allow and will never allow the one-China principle to be traded away. Anyone with global vision and common sense knows this fully well.

Burkina Faso's severing of the so-called "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and resumption of diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China is a correct political decision. It is independently made by the government of Burkina Faso. It is a right thing that most countries in the world have already done. It conforms to international law and the norms governing international relations. It serves the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples. It keeps up with the trend of the times. Last but not least, it has won the support of both ruling and opposition parties as well as people of various circles in Burkina Faso. We have noted that President Karim Démé of Le point focal de la République populaire de Chine in Burkina Faso said that his country has made a major decision that is conducive to its development in the future. Burkina Faso needs a serious and strategic cooperative partner with international influence, and China is exactly such a partner. Burkina Faso's newspaper Le Pays also commented that time will prove that President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has made a correct decision.

Burkina Faso's recognition of and commitment to the one-China principle as well as its resumption of diplomatic ties with China without any prerequisite have come along in an open and aboveboard manner. Now Burkina Faso has returned to the big family for China-Africa friendship as it should. The fact has again proved that adhering to the one-China principle represents the universal consensus of the international community, corresponds with the irresistible trend of the times and meets the shared aspirations of the people. Certain people with tunnel vision should refrain from self-deception.

 

 

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