China and Nauru have officially reconciled their diplomatic ties. The news comes shortly after the Micronesian island decided to sever its diplomatic ties with Taiwan earlier this month.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Wednesday, January 24.
An official ceremony was also held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Wednesday to honor the signing of the document where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nauru Foreign Minister Lionel Aingimea were seen shaking hands.
Wang stated that despite the territorial distance between the two nations, both are inclined towards being on amicable terms.
Nauru too is keen about this soujourn, revealed Aingimea.
China’s Efforts to Win Over Taiwanese Allies
On January 15, Nauru revealed its desire to axe its diplomatic ties with Taiwan following the latter’s presidential elections which saw the victory of William Lai Ching-te. The electoral result has irked China, who consider Lai a “separatist” and a “troublemaker” because of his pro-independence stance. The former is keen on subjugating Taiwan and continues to regard a part of its territory.
China has made repeated attempts at poaching Taiwanese allies through financial aids to dismantle the independent status of Taiwan.
However, following the recent triumph of Democratic Progressive Party’s leader, the nation has urged the Xi Jinping-led nation to respect the election results.