(MENAFN) China and Honduras signed a joint communique in Beijing on Sunday to establish diplomatic relations. The communique was signed by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Reina after they held talks. According to the communique, China and Honduras have decided to recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, effective from the date of signature.
The two governments agreed to develop friendly relations based on 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. The Government of the Republic of Honduras recognized that there is but one China in the world, and the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, the communique added.
As part of the diplomatic relations establishment, the Government of the Republic of Honduras shall sever "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and undertake 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 Honduras, the communique said.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that the one-China principle is recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971 and is a prevailing consensus of the international community and a universally recognized norm governing international relations. The spokesperson added that Honduras is an important country in Central America.
The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Honduras is expected to strengthen ties between the two countries. The joint communique emphasized the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. It also affirmed the one-China principle, with the Government of the Republic of Honduras recognizing that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. With this diplomatic establishment, Honduras will sever all "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and will no longer develop any official relations or exchanges with Taiwan. The establishment of diplomatic relations is a significant step for China and Honduras and is expected to further enhance their cooperation and friendship.
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