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VANUATU BACKS ‘ONE CHINA’, SEEKS TAIWAN TRADE Foreign Minister doesn’t see why China would object

By Godwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 25, 2011) - The Vanuatu Foreign Affairs Minister has said that his intention is to continue to uphold the One China policy while looking at establishing Trade Mission with Taipei, not full diplomatic relations.

He said he does not see why China should totally oppose to Vanuatu establishing a Trade Mission with Taipei, not full diplomatic ties.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Carlot told Daily Post that he does not see why the Chinese Ambassador and China itself should oppose this. He said the Trade relations with Taipei will be at the Trade level and "not a full diplomatic level".

[PIR editor’s note: Vanuatu Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot last week ruffled feathers in China and embarrassed fellow lawmakers when he demanded $32 million from China for Vanuatu’s operating budget, saying the People’s Republic owes Vanuatu more than it has already provided for the island nation in return for its support at the United Nations. "While Vanuatu appreciates China’s generous assistance including the Parliament House, the University of the South Pacific Complex, the Melanesian Spearhead Group complex and other major projects, it would be appreciated if China would additionally consider supporting Vanuatu’s budget," he wrote.]

Last week the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu Cheng Shuping told Daily Post that China absolutely opposes to the idea of Vanuatu establishing trade or diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The Chinese Ambassador also confirmed to Daily Post that his meeting with the Prime Minister Sato Kilman earlier this week has indicated by the Head of Vanuatu Government that Trade or diplomatic relations with Taiwan is ruled out.

Minister Carlot however, said consultations meeting on propose Vanuatu Foreign Policy has clearly shown that many community leaders agree and support Vanuatu to establish Trade relations with Taiwan.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Carlot told Daily Post that his intended visit to Taiwan is primarily a Trade Mission visit.

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