Nigeria Closes Taiwan Office, Vows to Uphold 'One China' Policy
The Nigerian government has re-affirmed its position in the "One China" policy and ordered for the immediate closure of the Taiwan office in Abuja during a joint conference on Wednesday.
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Xinhua reported that Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said that Taiwan had to seek other legal ventures in order to operate in Nigeria.
"Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognized under international law," Onyeama said. "Under the position Nigeria has taken internationally, we recognize the China's, One-China Policy."
In his remarks, he added the by closing the Taiwan trade offices, Nigeria is looking to regain China's trust.
"Nigeria will do everything to realize the One China Policy, any effort that would promote peace and well-being of the People's Republic of China shall be implemented as well," he said.
Onyeama added that the "One China" policy was not news to the Nigerian community given that the country had lived by the mantra "Keep Nigeria One."
The conference was attended by Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi, who verbally acknowledged the various efforts taken by Nigeria in regards to the "One China" policy. He said that Beijing had reaffirmed its commitment to the active development of the partnership between the two nations.
Wang had made Nigeria his final destination in a five-nation Africa visit that had begun on Friday last week. Other countries visited were Zambia, Tanzania, Madagascar, and the Republic of Congo.
A joint statement issued after the conference by the two countries reassured a mutual respect for each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity.