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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Sao Tome and Principe Cutting Ties with Taiwan

Q: The government of Sao Tome and Principe has reportedly issued a statement declaring to break the so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan as of date. What is China's comment?

A: We note that the government of Sao Tome and Principe issued a statement on December 20 local time, in which it decided to break the so-called "diplomatic" ties with Taiwan. China appreciates and welcomes Sao Tome and Principe's return to the right track of the one-China principle.

The one-China principle bears on China's core interests and the feelings of over 1.3 billion Chinese people. It is also the prerequisite and political foundation for China to maintain and develop friendly and cooperative relations with other countries in the world. It has become the common aspiration of the international community and the trend of the times to adhere to the one-China principle. China is ready to develop friendly and cooperative relations with all countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and the one-China principle.

As is known to all, the 26th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758 in October 1971, making it clear that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China. The one-China principle recognized in the Resolution has become the general consensus of the international community.

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