Wang Yi: The development of normal relations with China cannot be stopped


Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets a Nicaraguan government delegation via video link, December 10, 2021. / Chinese Foreign Ministry

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets a Nicaraguan government delegation via video link, December 10, 2021. / Chinese Foreign Ministry

China has made a new friend in Latin America and the Caribbean and a good partner in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and building a community with a shared future for humanity, the adviser said on Friday. Chinese State and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

He made the remarks during an online meeting with a government delegation from the Republic of Nicaragua.

The two countries resumed their diplomatic relations on Friday, the day after the latter severed its “diplomatic relations” with the region of Taiwan.

The resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Nicaragua is fully in line with the fundamental and long-term interests of both sides and will be welcomed and supported by the two peoples, he said.

The two countries should cement the political foundation of the one-China principle, jointly develop the master plan for the development of bilateral relations, advance trade and cooperation in an orderly manner, and bring benefits to the two countries and their peoples, he added.

Stressing that Taiwan has been an integral part of Chinese territory since ancient times, he stressed that China must and will be reunified.

Laureano Ortega Murillo, advisor to the Nicaraguan president, said Nicaragua is full of sincerity towards resuming diplomatic relations between the two countries and will fully honor its commitment and firmly uphold the one-China principle.

Nicaragua is ready to join the BRI to strengthen cooperation in various fields with China, he said.

Wang also met Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada on Friday via video link.

It is only a matter of time and trend for countries which still maintain diplomatic relations with the Taiwan region to establish or restore normal diplomatic relations with China, Wang said after the meeting.

Nicaragua thus became the 181st country to establish normal diplomatic relations with China, he said.

“The United States itself established diplomatic relations with China over 40 years ago. What right do they have to prevent other countries from making their own choices? he added.

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