China and Sao Tome and Principe restore diplomatic relations

Sao Tome and Principe and the People’s Republic of China have decided to restore diplomatic relations and announced the opening of embassies in Sao Tome and in Beijing “soon,” the Sao Tome government said in a statement on Monday.

Sao Tome and Principe and China have also decided “to work towards setting up diplomatic representations soon at an ambassadorial level in the respective capitals,” the Sao Tome government said.

The document said that the government of China has expressed interest in supporting the economic and social development of Sao Tome and Principe and adds that the government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe recognises the existence of a single Chinese nation, having as its legitimate representative the government of the People’s Republic of China.

The restoration of diplomatic relations was signed in Beijing by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart from Sao Tome and Principe, Urbino Botelho.

At the end of the ceremony, Wang Yi said the resumption of diplomatic relations will be beneficial to both countries, as it will allow for exchange in the tourist trade and other sectors.

The government of Sao Tome and Principe decided on 20 December to cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognise the People’s Republic of China and the One China principle.

In 1997, Sao Tome and Principe, under President Miguel Trovoada, decided to recognise Taiwan, which led to the rupture of relations with the People’s Republic of China. (macauhub)

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