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Foreign Minister Chen announces that the Republic of Vanuatu and the Republic of China(Taiwan)have already established full diplomatic relations with effect from November 3, 2004

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has the honour to announce that the Republic of Vanuatu and the Republic of China(Taiwan)have already established full diplomatic relations with effect from November 3, 2004 and mutually agreed to exchange ambassadors as early as practicable. A Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Vanuatu and the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been signed in Taipei on the morning of November 3, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. by His Excellency Serge Vohor, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, and Hon. Dr. Tan Sun CHEN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, representing the respective Governments of the two countries. Following the signing of the said Communiqué, a joint press conference has been held by Prime Minister Vohor and Foreign Minister CHEN to make announcement and brief the media pertaining to this decision. The full text of the Joint Communiqué is as follows: “The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu (Vanuatu), being desirous of strengthening the friendly ties and close mutual cooperation between the two countries, have decided to establish full diplomatic relations as from November 3, 2004 in conformity with the principles of international law.
Done in Taipei on the Third day of the Eleventh month of Ninety-Third year of the Republic of China (Taiwan), corresponding to the Third day of November of the year Two Thousand and Four.” As Taiwan and Vanuatu are both island countries sharing same values of democracy and similar heritage of Austro-nesian culture, it is envisaged that the formalization of the long-standing friendship between Taiwan and Vanuatu will enable the two countries to forge closer bilateral cooperations in the areas of agriculture, aviation, tourism, fishery, aquaculture, education, culture, cattle farming, capacity building, medical cooperation, and the development of small and medium enterprises in the years to come. In the international arena, Prime Minister Vohor has committed himself to give Vanuatu’s strong support for Taiwan to participate in the international organizations including UN, WHO, APEC and other regional organizations including the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO). He has further indicated that the Republic of China (Taiwan), as an independent sovereign country, is entitled to exercising its every right and making its significant contributions to the world community.(E)

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