TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Today, Republic of Nauru president Baron Divavesi Waqa began his four-day official visit to Taiwan and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, who thanked him for his country’s support of Taiwan in the international arena.
During the meet, Tsai once more stressed that the people of Taiwan unanimously oppose China’s proposed “one country two systems” arrangement, according to CNA.
Before his sojourn comes to an end, Waqa will attend a formal banquet hosted Tsai and a welcome reception organized by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮). He is also to visit the Taichung (台中市) World Flora Expo site and oversee harbor renovations in Kaohsiung (高雄市).
Tsai said she is delighted to host Waqa. The president remarked it left a profound impression that Pacific island nations had continued to host crucial regional meetings amid current volatile international conditions.
Tsai expressed sincere gratitude on behalf of the whole of Taiwan for Nauru’s support of its independence claims in last year’s Pacific Islands Forum, hosted by the island nation.
Foreign Minister Wu attended the November 2018 forum on behalf of Taiwan.
The president said such interactions had helped lay the foundations for a fruitful relationship between the two countries, and expressed gratitude that Waqa had come to visit Taiwan at the start of the new year.
Taiwan is a key guarantor of peace and stability in the region, she affirmed, and as such will exert all its strength to maintain current conditions and foster development and prosperity.
Tsai said she believes seated discussion is the best form of conflict resolution with Beijing, and Taiwan will work on the same premise with its international allies of a more similar ideological disposition.
Tensions arose between Nauru and China at last year’s forum after Chinese representatives were engaged in a “string of bad behavior” that began after the envoys were denied entry to the country on diplomatic passports. As Nauru recognizes Taiwan as a legitimate sovereign nation, it has no official diplomatic ties with China.