Governing the Establishment
of Diplomatic Relations with Other Countries
With the inauguration of the PRC
on October 1, 1949, the Chinese government declared solemnly: “This
government is the sole legal government representing the people
of the People’s Republic of China. It is ready to establish diplomatic
relations with all foreign governments which are willing to observe
the principles of equality, mutual benefit and respect for each
other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
There is only one China
in the world. Taiwan Province is an integral part of the territory
of the PRC. Any country seeking to establish diplomatic relations
with China must show its readiness to sever all diplomatic relations
with the Taiwan authorities and recognize the government of the
PRC as the sole legal government of China. The Chinese government
will never tolerate any country scheming to create “two Chinas”
or “one China, one Taiwan”; nor will it tolerate any moves on the
part of countries having formal diplomatic relations with China
to establish any form of official relations with the Taiwan authorities.
February 25, 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Premier
Zhu Rongji of the PRC in the Kremin.
March 1999 Chairman Li Peng of the Standing Committee of the NPC
met with the Greek Prime Minister Coftas Simitis in Athens.