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We are one China and Taiwan is part of it: Ambassador Yao

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Published: 20:15, 15 May 2024

We are one China and Taiwan is part of it: Ambassador Yao

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen. Photo: Collected 

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen has expressed his firm conviction that Bangladeshi friends, together with the international community, will continue upholding the one-China principle.

He also hoped they will continue to extend understanding and supports for the Chinese people’s just cause of opposing “Taiwan independence” and striving for national reunification.

"We are one China, and Taiwan is part of China. This is an indisputable fact supported by history and the law. Taiwan has never been a state; its status as part of China is unalterable," said the envoy. 

Ambassador Yao was speaking at a symposium on “Reviewing the Original Aspiration of Establishing Diplomatic Relations, Moving Forward Together” at the Embassy on Wednesday (15 May) evening. 

Former diplomats Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Mahbub Uz Zaman and Munshi Faiz Ahmed, among others, spoke. 

The envoy said China cares about and cherishes the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait more than any others do. However, “Taiwan independence” and cross-Strait peace and stability are as irreconcilable as fire and water. 

"There is no space for the Chinese government to compromise with those “Taiwan independence” separatists who have betrayed their ancestors by denying their identity as Chinese," he said.

Instead, he said, the Mainland will adhere to the 1992 Consensus that embodies the one-China principle, work with relevant political parties, groups and people from various sectors in Taiwan to boost cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation, enhance cross-Strait integrated development, jointly promote Chinese culture, and advance the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations for the cause of national reunification.

Economist Dr Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir highlighted the importance of greater connectivity, noting that China is growing too fast.

He wanted to see China opens up cultural centre across the country to enhance people to people relations just going beyond cooperation in infrastructure, education and health.

Shahab Enam Khan of Jahangirnagar University's Department of International Relations explained why Bangladesh pursues One China policy.

He highlighted the growing collaboration and cooperation with mutual respect.

He also talked about Rohingya crisis and highlighted the importance of stability in the region. 

On January 2024, the leadership and legislature elections of China’s Taiwan region were held.