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Nigeria to adhere to “One-China” policy: spokesperson

Nigeria recognizes and will adhere to the “One-China” policy, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson said Thursday.

In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said nothing has happened so far to change that level of relationship.

According to him, media reports to the effect that Nigeria had cut ties with Taiwan, is incorrect and misleading.

The spokesperson added that the correct position is that the official relationship between Nigeria and Taiwan has been at the level of trade representation and this has not changed from what it used to be.

“Taiwan Trade Office is Taiwan’s only representation in Nigeria and Nigeria’s Trade Office in Taipei is our only representation in Taiwan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Senator Shehu Sani, has said the One-China position reaffirmed by the Nigerian government is commendable.

This puts a stop to the back door activities of Taiwan in Nigeria to gain legitimacy, the Senator said in a statement.

Meanwhile, One-China policy means: The People’s Republic of China reiterated Sunday that it won’t discuss diplomatic or trade issues with Taiwan until new Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian recognizes the one-China policy. What is the one-China policy?

The one-China policy holds that there is but one China and that Taiwan is part of China. The leaders of both countries have long subscribed to the one-China policy–each insisting on their own government’s legitimacy–but the Taiwanese position has eroded over the past few decades as the People’s Republic has gained international prominence. Taiwan’s softened position is spelled out in its 1991 Guidelines for National Unification, which insists only that a unified China must be “democratic” and “free,” not necessarily led by Taiwan. The People’s Republic position remains fundamentally unchanged.

 

Source: Xinhua   Jan 13

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