The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe has decided on December 21 to terminate diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Office of the President issued the following statement:
1. We find the decision by Sao Tome and Principe to terminate diplomatic relations with the Republic of China to be regrettable.
2. The Republic of China possesses the capability and desire to assist our diplomatic allies on various fronts to the full extent of our abilities. However, it is not our approach to engage in diplomatic games by means of money.
3. We deeply regret that mainland China took advantage of the financial difficulties faced by Sao Tome and Principe to press the "one China principle." This kind of approach not only hurts the feelings of the Taiwanese people, but also undermines stability across the Taiwan Strait. It is entirely unhelpful to the long-term development of cross-strait ties.
4. Over the years, no matter which party has governed or what policies they have adopted on cross-strait relations, we have confronted the same external challenges. This is the reality that our entire nation must face. On cross-strait issues, what matters is not differences in policies, but whether the people of Taiwan can come together and respond in unity.
5. To our fellow countrymen: Please rest assured that this government will continue to handle all difficulties and challenges with caution, and will spare no effort to safeguard our national interest and the welfare of all Taiwanese.
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