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Nauru strengthens ties with China during historic leaders’ meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for Nauruan President David Adeang in the Northern Hall of the Great Hall of the People prior to their talks in Beijing, capital of China, 25 March 2024. Photo: Xinhua/Shen Hong

Nauruan President David Adeang has been welcomed to Beijing by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the first diplomatic talks since both countries resumed diplomatic ties.

Nauruan President David Adeang has been welcomed to Beijing by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the first diplomatic talks since both countries resumed diplomatic ties.

In January this year, the South Pacific Island nation of Nauru announced it would sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and resume relations with the People’s Republic of China.

This new historic state visit to China on 25 March allows Nauruan President Adeang to meet with President Xi and jointly sign a Belt and Road cooperation document to expand trade, investment, and infrastructure construction.


Bilateral cooperation documents were also reportedly signed on the Global Development Initiative, economic development and agriculture.

“The two presidents had an in-depth exchange of views on the development of China–Nauru relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest, and reached important common understandings,” according to joint statement published by the PRC and Republic of Nauru on 26 March.

“Standing at a new historical starting point, the two sides agreed to strengthen political mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation, and be good friends and good partners that respect each other and develop together.

“Nauru welcomes and supports the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind and the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative set forth by President Xi Jinping.

“The Chinese side firmly supports Nauru in upholding its sovereignty, security and development interests, and in independently choosing a development path suited to its national conditions. The Nauruan side reiterated that it firmly adheres to the one-China principle, recognises 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.

“The Nauruan side firmly opposes ‘Taiwan independence’ in all forms and interference by external forces in China’s internal affairs, and firmly supports all efforts by the Chinese government to realise national reunification.

“Nauru considers matters related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Xizang as China’s internal affairs, and reaffirms the principle of non-interference into another sovereign state’s internal affairs.

“The Chinese side welcomes the participation of the Nauruan side in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and stands ready to build greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the development strategies of Nauru, expand practical cooperation in areas including trade and investment, infrastructure construction, agriculture, fishery, science-based mineral development and environmental protection, and assist Nauru to the best of its ability in achieving independent and sustainable development.

“The Chinese side welcomes and supports Nauru in joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at an early date. The two sides agreed to expand exchanges and cooperation in such areas as culture, education, health, sport, tourism, youth, media and human resources, and take policy measures to promote cross-border travel between the two sides.

“The two sides firmly uphold the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as the cornerstone and the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, and call on relevant countries to fulfil international obligations and prudently handle the discharge of nuclear contaminated water, cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, etc.”

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