The Pacific island nation of Nauru, has recognized Taiwan’s independent sovereignty. The country’s parliament passed a unanimous resolution to that effect on Monday. The Nauruan parliament also said it does not acknowledge Beijing’s “one China” principle or its “one country, two systems” formula.
The resolution followed a speech in the parliament by President Tsai Ing-wen, who is on the second leg of her trip to the Pacific.
Tsai said the two countries have had remarkable cooperation in the areas of education, agriculture and medical care. She also thanked Nauru for speaking out on behalf of Taiwan in the international community over the past few years.
"These achievements and unwavering support give us great confidence. As an important member of the Pacific region, Taiwan is willing and able to work with Nauru to contribute to regional prosperity and development," said Tsai.
Nauru has voiced support for Taiwan’s bid to join the Pacific Islands Forum and for its meaningful participation in the organization under the UN framework.
At a welcoming ceremony on Monday, Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa thanked Taiwan for assistance in various projects.