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Wang Yi Talks About the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between China and El Salvador
2018-08-21

On the morning of August 21, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda of El Salvador signed the joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and El Salvador in Beijing.

Wang Yi said that just now I signed the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of El Salvador with Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda. In the communiqué, the Government of the Republic of El Salvador recognizes that there is but one China in the world, that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. On these grounds, the People’s Republic of China has established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level with the Republic of El Salvador effective from the date of signature of this communiqué. A new historic chapter has been opened for China-El Salvador relations.

Wang Yi pointed out that adhering to the one-China principle is a universally recognized norm for international relations, a general consensus of the international community, as well as the fundamental foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any country. El Salvador has now stood with the overwhelming majority of the countries in the world by making the political decision to recognize and make a commitment to abiding by the one-China principle, and to establish diplomatic relations with China without attaching any preconditions. So far, 178 countries in the world have established diplomatic relations with China, which once again fully proves that adhering to the one-China principle is the right choice in line with the international righteous cause, conforming to the trend of the times, and also reflecting people’s common aspirations as well as the general trend.

Wang Yi emphasized that during the talks, Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda and I agreed that the two sides will deepen political mutual trust, complement each other's strengths and carry out mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of fields on the basis of adhering to the one-China principle. It is believed that the Salvadorean people will feel the hospitality and friendship of the Chinese people and obtain tangible well-being from the cooperation with China. History will prove that establishing diplomatic relations with China is fully in line with the fundamental and long-term interests of El Salvador and its people. For the Chinese side, we have another new friend in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a new partner in the cause of promoting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Wang Yi said that the Chinese side is willing to join hands with the Salvadorean side to achieve the common development of the two countries, promote the overall cooperation between China and Latin America, and make due contributions to the collective revitalization of developing countries.

Carlos Castaneda said that establishing diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China is a historic event in El Salvador’s foreign relations and a strategic decision based on the fundamental interests of the two peoples. This means that El Salvador has joined the mainstream chosen by the overwhelming majority of the countries in the world and has become the latest member of the 178 countries which have established diplomatic relations with China. The Government of El Salvador recognizes the one-China principle, that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. El Salvador has severed “diplomatic relations” with Taiwan, and will no longer establish official relations of any form or carry out any official exchanges with Taiwan. The Salvadorean side is willing to work with the Chinese side to enhance political mutual trust, strengthen exchanges at all levels, and deepen practical cooperation, so as to usher in a new era of cooperation between the two countries and enable the two peoples to feel tangible benefits.

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