São Tomé and Príncipe cuts diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognises the People’s Republic of China

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe has decided to break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognise the People’s Republic of China, indicates a Council of Ministers statement released in São Tomé.

“After consulting with the head of state, the government has decided on this date to formally cut the diplomatic relations established with Taiwan,” reads the statement released on Tuesday, adding that the government was implementing “a foreign policy shift and would henceforth recognise the principle of the existence of only one China, represented in international law by the People’s Republic of China.”

Commenting on the Council of Ministers decision, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada said that “our view of development involves openness and cooperation with all; we have our agenda, our interests, our programme and the commitment with the people to improve their living conditions.”

Trade relations between China and São Tomé and Príncipe stood at US$5,108,900 from January to September, with China exporting goods worth US$5,094,000 and buying products from the island country worth US$14,900.

In September China recorded no purchases in São Tomé and Príncipe and sold goods worth US$604,100, indicate official Chinese figures released by Forum Macau. (Macauhub)