Pakistan reaffirms commitment to 'One China policy'

Pakistan will continue to extend its principled support to Chinese position on Taiwan, says PM

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Pakistan reaffirms commitment to One China policy
Workers adjust a poster featuring flags of Pakistan and China in this undated image. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to the "One China" policy stressing Islamabad's principled support to Beijing on the Taiwan issue and terming the Island nation as an inalienable part of China.

"Pakistan has always extended its principled support to the Chinese position on Taiwan and will continue to do so. Pakistan adheres to the 'One China' policy," PM Shehbaz said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.

The premier further reiterated Pakistan's support for the Chinese government’s efforts for national reunification stressing that the so-called elections or transition of the self-proclaimed government in Taiwan do not change the objective facts on the Taiwan issue.

Pakistan reaffirms commitment to One China policy
— X/@CMShehbaz

The One China policy PM Shehbaz referred to translates to diplomatic acknowledgement and support for Beijing's stance that only one Chinese government — a key aspect of Beijing's policy-making and diplomatic standing and a fundamental pillar of its relations with the United States.

As per the BBC, Taiwan, which began its "separate" rule after the nationalists retreated to the Island nation following the Chinese Civil War, is considered by China as its part which is destined to be unified with the mainland.

Under the said policy, a country which intends to have diplomatic ties with China cannot continue to have relations with Taiwan as the latter, Beijing maintains, is a part of mainland China.