Foreign ministry slams demand to move Taiwan office in Nigeria
Jan 12, 2017MedicalComments Off on Foreign ministry slams demand to move Taiwan office in Nigeria
The foreign ministry has condemned Nigeria's decision to move Taiwan's trade office in the country out of the capital Abuja.
Nigeria's foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, announced the decision Wednesday during a joint press conference with China's foreign minister, Wang Yi. In addition to moving out of the capital, the Taiwanese office will also have to change its name and cut staff numbers. Onyeama said Nigerian officials and government agencies may not have any official contact with Taiwan.
Spokesperson for Taiwan's foreign ministry Eleanor Wang said Thursday that Nigeria's declaration that it is acting in line with Beijing's One China policy is an attempt to confuse the international community, as Taiwan and Nigeria have never had formal diplomatic ties. She said she hopes Taiwan and Nigeria can continue to communicate in the future since Nigeria still operates a trade office in Taipei.
Meanwhile, Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang said China's move will be counterproductive. Huang said Chinese pressure and threats create resentment among Taiwan's public and are not helpful for cross-strait ties. Huang also said such pressure and threats do not change the fact of the Republic of China's existence. The Republic of China is Taiwan's official name.