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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on Resumption of Diplomatic Ties between China and Gambia I

2016-03-17

Q: Gambia severed its "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan as early as 2013. Why does China choose to restore its diplomatic ties with Gambia now? Does this amount to a warning to the leader-elect of Taiwan?

A: The time for the resumption of diplomatic ties between China and Gambia was set by the two sides upon consultation. As you mentioned, there has long been no "diplomatic ties" between Gambia and Taiwan. The restoration of diplomatic ties between China and Gambia targets no one. We adhere to the one-China principle. There is no change to our position in promoting peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

Q: Does the resumption of diplomatic ties mean an end to the "diplomatic truce" between China and Taiwan? Will the mainland seek to establish or restore diplomatic ties with more countries that have "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan?

A: It is known to all that there is only one China in the world. Both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China. China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division. The Chinese government seeks friendly cooperative ties with all countries around the world on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and the one-China principle. We follow the one-China principle in dealing with issues related to Taiwan's external relations, and oppose activities aimed to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan".

Q: Did China promise to provide assistance to Gambia during the restoration of bilateral diplomatic ties?

A: The resumption of diplomatic ties is based on mutual respect, equality, mutual trust and mutual benefit. After the resumption, China will have in-depth discussions with Gambia on promoting amicable and mutually beneficial cooperation in all sectors.

Today, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held fruitful talks with Foreign Minister Neneh MacDouall-Gaye. The two sides agreed to stick to and consolidate the one-China principle which serves as a political basis, and safeguard sound and stable development of bilateral ties. The two sides will enhance personnel exchanges at all levels, increase mutual understanding and mutual trust, and explore ways to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation in six priority areas including agriculture and fishing, processing and manufacturing, facilitation of investment and trade, infrastructure building, human resources development, and people-to-people exchanges, so that the two peoples can derive more tangible benefits from the resumption and development of China-Gambia relations.

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