Bangladesh has unequivocally reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the ‘One China’ policy, issuing a resolute call to all concerned parties to exercise restraint and desist from any gratuitous provocations. In a statement resonating with diplomatic prowess, Dhaka has urged the stakeholders to channel their efforts toward fostering enduring peace and stability in the region, echoing the principles enshrined in the UN Charter.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, articulating Bangladesh’s stance, emphasized its keen observation of the recent election in Taiwan. In a succinct yet powerful message conveyed through its verified Facebook page on Monday night, January 15, the ministry underscored the importance of respecting the sovereignty of nations.
Nations Reaffirm ‘One China, Indivisible’ Policy
In a resounding declaration during her routine press briefing on January 15, 2024, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning expressed profound gratitude for the affirmations made by numerous nations and international organizations, including but not limited to Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Serbia, Hungary, Papua New Guinea, Cuba, Venezuela, the SCO, and the Arab League, for unequivocally voicing their commitment to the one-China policy.
Through official statements, press communiqués, and responses to press inquiries, these entities have publicly pledged their unwavering support for China’s tireless endeavors in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. More significantly, they stand united against any form of “Taiwan independence,” echoing the collective voice of justice and peace from the international community. This resolute chorus resonates not only with the fundamental tenets of the UN Charter but also with the bedrock norms that govern international relations.
Such solidarity, reflective of the prevailing zeitgeist and historical trajectory, garners profound appreciation from China. Regardless of the twists and turns on the Taiwan front, the immutable truth persists – there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an integral part of it. Uncompromising in its stance, Taiwan has never been and will never be recognized as a separate country.
Confident in the enduring consensus of the international community regarding the one-China policy, China envisions a future where this collective commitment strengthens even further. The resolute opposition to “Taiwan independence” and external interference in China’s internal affairs, as championed by the Chinese people, is poised to garner greater understanding and support on the global stage.
In this pivotal moment of history, the international community’s steadfast backing of China’s just cause sets the stage for a triumphant march toward national reunification. The resonance of this support reverberates, echoing the unyielding spirit of the Chinese people as they navigate the complexities of geopolitical dynamics with a vision firmly rooted in justice, unity, and historical truth.
Taiwan’s Fate Inextricably Linked to China’s Sovereignty
Meanwhile, Comrade Dilip Barua, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, underscored the indisputable integration of Taiwan as an inseparable part of China. In a statement addressing the Taiwan region’s election, Barua categorically declared it to be China’s internal affair. Regardless of the election outcome, he staunchly maintained that it would not alter the fundamental reality that Taiwan constitutes an integral part of China.
Barua emphasized the enduring validity of the One China principle, a widely recognized norm in international relations and an overarching consensus shared by the global community. The Communist Party of Bangladesh pledged its steadfast adherence to the One China principle and vociferously opposed any notion of “Taiwan independence.”
Earlier, Hasanul Haq Inu, President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD (Socialist Party), Bangladesh, condemned the United States and the United Kingdom for openly supporting ‘separatist political forces’ in Taiwan. Inu criticized the two nations for violating their commitment to the One China principle, denouncing their interference in China’s internal affairs.
In a resounding statement, JSD affirmed its unwavering commitment to the One China principle and its firm opposition to any attempts at “Taiwan independence.” The climax of diplomatic finesse was reached as Bangladesh, through its leaders and official channels, made it clear that it stands united in upholding the principles of international law and diplomacy, firmly anchored in the One China policy.
China’s Urge to Bangladesh to Uphold One-China Principle
In 2022, then Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen. Bangladesh’s continuous support toward the One China Policy, urged all stakeholders to exercise maximum restraint and desist from actions that could escalate tensions over the Taiwan issue, emphasizing the critical need to preserve peace and stability both regionally and globally.
During this critical juncture, the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Li Jiming, echoed confidence in Bangladesh’s commitment to the one-China principle. He expressed belief that Bangladesh would continue to stand by this principle, comprehending and supporting China’s justified stance on Taiwan. Jiming underscored the enduring bond between China and Bangladesh as good neighbors, trustworthy friends, and reliable partners.
Acknowledging Bangladesh’s unwavering dedication to the one-China principle and staunch opposition to ‘Taiwan Independence,’ Jiming conveyed China’s high appreciation for these steadfast commitments. However, he voiced concerns over a visit by Pelosi, characterizing it as a serious transgression of the one-China principle and the provisions outlined in the three China-US joint communiqués. He argued that such visits not only infringed upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity but also sent a misguided signal to separatist forces advocating “Taiwan independence,” with potential repercussions on the fundamental political bedrock of China-US relations.
In a climactic assertion, Jiming emphasized that the one-China principle is not just a tenet endorsed by China but a universal consensus within the international community. He framed it as a foundational norm governing international relations, and any deviation from this consensus, as exemplified by Pelosi’s visit, carried profound implications for the delicate balance of China-US relations. This diplomatic exchange illuminates the gravity of the situation, underscoring the deep-seated convictions and potential consequences intertwined with the adherence or deviation from the one-China policy on the international stage.
Wang Yi Calls for Dhaka’s Role in Building Global Unity
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a moment of diplomatic finesse in 2022, underscored the significance of collaborative efforts in shaping a shared future for nations worldwide. He conveyed Beijing’s desire for Dhaka’s partnership in this endeavor, casting a spotlight on the importance of unity on the global stage.
Wang Yi’s arrival in Dhaka unfolded against the backdrop of heightened tensions, both in the Taiwan Strait and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. With Taiwan emerging as a focal point in the already strained US-China relations following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit, China responded assertively with military exercises around the island. In this tense atmosphere, Bangladesh, adhering firmly to the ‘One China’ policy, urged major world powers to pursue dialogue and avert conflict.