The Chinese embassy in Nicosia has welcomed the Cyprus government’s reaffirmation to the One China policy.
The reaction came hours only after government spokesman Marios Pelekanos said so late on Wednesday night, also noting this is the EU’s policy as well.
China’s ambassador to Cyprus Liu Yantao who welcomed Pelekanos’ comments, said: “We applaud Cyprus government’s firm stance on the one-China principle on US House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“China and Cyprus’ shared commitment to sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law lie at the heart of our strategic partnership.”
Pelekanos had also said that international law is fully respected, as is territorial sovereignty and integrity.
He further expressed the wish for the de-escalation of the tensions and for peace and security in the region.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after touting its democracy and pledging American solidarity during her brief visit there.
She also said that Chinese anger cannot stop world leaders from travelling to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
The One China policy is the diplomatic acknowledgment of China’s stance that there is only one Chinese government, however the One China principle is the stance that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China which is to one day be reunified.