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Nigeria Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Taiwan, Shuts Down Abuja Office

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Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi and President Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday

The Federal Government on Wednesday says she will no longer recognise Taiwan as a country but rather pledged support for One China.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this while answering questions from newsmen after a joint news conference with the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

Onyeama said Nigeria had withdrawn all diplomatic relations with Taiwan as a country, adding that Taiwanese office in Abuja would be shut down and be relocated to Lagos.

According to him, Nigeria has communicated Taiwan and they are moving to Lagos as soon as possible.

“Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under international law and under the position we have taken internationally we recognise the people of China.

Taiwan will not have any diplomatic representation in Nigeria and also they will be moving to Lagos to the extent that they function as a trade mission with a skeletal staff.

Chinese Government does not oppose trading with Taiwan as such as long there is no formal contact with the Government that will suggest recognition of Taiwan as sovereign country,” he said.

According to him, China does not oppose relationship with Taiwan in the level of trade but not on government to government level.

The minister, however, said that Nigeria was not pressurised to take the decision, noting that the development was a bit of anomaly on the side of Nigeria.

He said that Nigeria recognised the People’s Republic of China as a country because Nigeria was one of the leading African nations that fought for China to reclaim its seat at the UN Security Council from Taiwan.

He said the step being taken was to right the wrong that one could not specifically say how it came.

“It was not very clear how it got into Nigeria system – an arrangement for the Taiwan for a trade mission. And in grating the right of the trade mission it did not accurately reflect the nature of relationship between Nigeria and Taiwan,” he said.

Onyeama stated that the country took the decision to remove any iota of doubt in the mind of the Chinese people.

He said on the issue of building trust, the international community had embraced One China and China is a member of the United Nations and Nigeria does not want to leave any doubt on the issue.

The minister stressed that Nigeria would adhere to it completely and there is no ambiguity at all.

He said Nigeria as a nation would do everything to realise the One China Policy as well as any effort that would promote the peace and well being of the People’s Republic of China.

According to Onyeama, China is one of the countries that have been in full support of reforms in the UN that would see Africa having two seats at the UN Security Council, as such deserved to be supported in her unification drive of One China.

14 Comments

  1. Author Unknown

    January 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    “According to Onyeama, China is one of the countries that have been in full support of reforms in the UN that would see Africa having two seats at the UN Security Council, as such deserved to be supported in her unification drive of One China.”

    You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. Who are you deceiving with “Nigeria was not pressurized” and “trying to right a wrong”?

  2. Jade

    January 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I need clarity. Cutting ties with Taiwan based on what substantial reason?
    Is it to continue a smooth relationship with China with Taiwan interference or distraction? Did China coerce Nigeria to do so?
    Buhari, Nigerians need to hear what you are doing about the extreme recession going on right now. Is this story going to change the price of food, housing and so forth.

    • Nwa nna

      January 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      @jade,
      China has Nigeria & Africa at large by the balls due to monetary loans and infrastructural project agreements… Hence, if China says jump, we jump..

    • Amaa

      January 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      This so wrong .All shades of wrong BuBU who is advising you. China has given you money abi na loan and you are bowing to them from one colonial master to the other . Chai even in trade Taiwanese made food are far mor superior than China standards are higher and their human rights records better . I can’t wait for elections clueless can’t begin to describe this government.

  3. BB

    January 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Copy copy! following in US footsteps…

    • Missy J

      January 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      How abeg? Because presently, US doesn’t recognize Taiwan as an entity in the sense that, it acknowledges the One-China policy. Which is close to 40years. US communicates with Taiwan via Beijing.
      If there’s anybody who’s going to change that policy, then its Trump.

  4. Californiabawlar

    January 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Wow!! Taiwan is one of my favorite countries! I’m planning to visit this year ? I don’t get it! Did any senate committee meet and agree on this or was it a lone decision by the FG?!

  5. Chiwan

    January 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Don’t you guys understand? Taiwan is not even a country recognised by the UN so for Nigeria to have diplomatic ties with Taiwan will be against certain UN rules and China has been a great friend to Nigeria and Africa at large hence the need to en the relationship.

  6. Chiwan

    January 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Don’t you guys understand? Taiwan is not even a country recognised by the UN so for Nigeria to have diplomatic ties with Taiwan will be against certain UN rules and China has been a great friend to Nigeria and Africa at large hence the need to end the relationship.

  7. Missy J

    January 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    China!!!! Taiwanese president should just be diplomatic before things get sour. First it was her infamous call to Trump, now her American tour ??.
    She wouldn’t want to be on the wrong page with China.

  8. Omoh

    January 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    @Nwa nna, U mean if China says jump, we ask, how high?

  9. Nv

    January 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    The kind of backpedaling in this statement is given spinal aches!

    Just imagine that somehow, somehow, Taiwan gains recognition an independence as a sovereign state in the UN, de kyne verbal gymnastics and word salad Naija go submit go begin give people seizures.

    And this:
    “Nigeria wasn’t pressurised(should’nt that be ‘pressured’ rather, correct me if i’m wrong) into doing anything” Lmao!!!!

    Kai, wallahi!!! I’ve said be before and I’ll say it again, the Nigerian government really veiw Nigerians as dumb idiots!

  10. RMG

    January 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    This Buhari government should not act like a puppet on a string controlled by China and its allies. The International System is not where you recognize or overlook a country based on the validation of China or the UN. It is where you make friends/enemies based on your NATIONAL INTEREST. Obviously, the Chinese government have deep-rooted political and economic issues with Tapei.
    Foreign policies are changing globally and we should study the tides before severing diplomatic relations. For instance, the United States have been in support of the one china policy but Donald Trump has been making contacts with Taiwan and that has been disturbing for Chinese diplomats. Hence, they are looking for new friends (countries and their leaders) in Africa. How do you get Africa by your side? Development aid, in the form of infrastructure, bridges, railway etc, part of which is often tied aid. Do you think China is in Africa because they love Africans? No wonder Dambisa Moyo wrote the book DEAD AID. In my view, aid is the reason why African countries will continually become puppets on a string globally. It’s high tine African countries, including Nigeria, fight for their national interests rather than the interests of countries that don’t even care about us.

  11. RMG

    January 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    BellaNaija!!! I will never comment on any article you put out here again or come to your site ever again. All comments i have posted always go missing after your unfair moderation. I don’t use swear words or any irrational words but those that do use them, their comments are approved immediately. Continue o…

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