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Wang Yi Meets with President and Foreign Minister Taneti Maamau of Kiribati
2019-09-26

On September 25, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with President and Foreign Minister Taneti Maamau of Kiribati on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi expressed, the government of Kiribati made a statement on September 20, which acknowledged the One China principle and announced to sever the "diplomatic ties" with the Taiwan authorities and restore the diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. It is a correct choice and an independent choice made by Kiribati. The Chinese side highly appreciates such gesture. Time will prove that this decision fully serves the fundamental and long-term interests of Kiribati and its people. You make a special visit to the Chinese Permanent Mission to the UN today and once again send a clear signal that Kiribati is willing to accelerate the process of re-establishing diplomatic relations with China. We welcome this.

On behalf of the people of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau extended sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people. Taneti Maamau expressed, the decision of the government of Kiribati to sever the "diplomatic ties" with the Taiwan authorities and reestablish the diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China is an independent choice based on the interests of Kiribati and its people. The Kiribati side has increasingly realized that to achieve national development, Kiribati needs great partners and friends like China. Therefore, the Kiribati side hopes to restore the diplomatic relations with China as soon as possible.

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