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Kenya will continue to adhere to the One-China principle

Ambassador Zhou Pingjian says China will never allow Taiwan to be separated from the motherland

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Defence Committee Chairperson in the National Assembly Nelson Koech (Right), Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Zhou Pingjian (Center) and Kenya’s Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Jane Makori during a meeting on Monday 20 May, 2024.

Kenya will continue to abide by the One-China principle recognising Beijing as its capital. The chairman of the Defence Committee in the National Assembly Nelson Koech has said.

Amid clamor for the cessation of Taiwan from China, Koech said Kenya’s Parliament supports and stands by the resolution of the United Nations which reaffirms the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government representing the whole of China.

“There is but one China in the world, the government of the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. China is one and any cessation push is a nullity,” he said

Koech was lauding sentiments made by Kenya’s Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Jane Makori during a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Zhou Pingjian.

Ambassador Makori says Kenya subscribes ‘fully and irrevocably’ to the One-China policy. She said as a member of the United Nations, Kenya was party to the negotiations and adoption of the resolution of 2758 of 1971, hence the country’s firm position.

“This policy guides Kenya to hold Taiwan to be an inalienable part of China’s territory and the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole government representing the whole of China,” she said

“Kenya has and will continue to be a close and dependable partner of China including on the issue of Taiwan,” Makori reiterated

In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian said China highly appreciates Kenya’s adherence to the one-China principle and non-interference in internal affairs as a basic international relations norm.

He said the basic fact that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China will not change and that the international community’s prevailing consensus on upholding the one-China principle will not change.

“Taiwan is China’s Taiwan. The Taiwan question is China’s internal affair. Upholding the one-China principle is safeguarding international order. Challenging the one-China principle is challenging international order and is interfering in China’s internal affairs and infringing upon China’s sovereignty, and will face the joint opposition of the Chinese people and the international community,” he said

While reiterating that Taiwan is an undisputable part of China’s territory, Zhou indicated that China will continue to strive for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity.

“China’s bottom line is also quite clear. We will never allow Taiwan to be separated from the motherland,” he said

Some of the MPs who attended Monday’s meeting at the Chinese embassy included Veronicah Maina (Nominated Senator), Esther Passaris (Woman Rep. Nairobi), Shakeel Shabbir (Kisumu East), Stephen Mogaka (West Mugirango), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), Japhet Nyakundi (Kitutu Chache North), and John Makali (Kanduyi).

Based on the one-China principle, the Kenyan leaders said they are looking forward to intensified bilateral cooperation in various fields.

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