Joint Communiqué on the Resumption of Diplomatic Relations
Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Kiribati
I. The People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Kiribati, in keeping with the interests and desire of the two peoples, have decided to resume diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, effective from the date of signature of this communiqué.
II. The two Governments agree to develop friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence.
III. The Government of the Republic of Kiribati recognizes that there is but one China in the world, 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 Government of the Republic of Kiribati shall sever “diplomatic relations” with Taiwan as of this day and undertakes that it shall no longer develop any official relations or official exchanges with Taiwan. The Government of the People’s Republic of China appreciates this position of the Government of the Republic of Kiribati.
IV. The Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Kiribati have agreed to exchange Ambassadors as early as possible and to provide each other with all the necessary assistance for the establishment of diplomatic missions and their performance of functions in each other’s capitals on a reciprocal basis in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and international customary practices.
The undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, signed this communiqué on 27 September 2019 in New York. Done in duplicate in the Chinese and English languages, both texts being equally authentic.