The St. Kitts-Nevis government has reaffirmed its commitment to “strengthening” relations with Taiwan as the Asian country observes the 109th anniversary of its National Day.
The Caribbean island is one of a handful of regional states with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province and has urged countries to recognize its “One China” policy.
In a congratulatory message to President Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris extended “warmest congratulations” adding that “on this auspicious occasion, we wish to solemnly reaffirm our commitment to the strengthening of the deep bonds of friendship that we have maintained over these past decades.
“Our shared values and mutual respect have been the guidepost for our long-standing relations which is cherished by our peoples and we laud the outstanding achievements and accomplishments made by the Republic of China (Taiwan), particularly at this difficult time in the history of mankind,” he added.
Harris said that the government and people of St. Kitts-Nevis value the “treasured friendship” between the two countries and is wishing Taiwan “continued peace and prosperity”.
The 10th of October or, as it is more commonly known “double ten,” is a holiday in Taiwan commemorating the start of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising in China, which marked the end of the Qing Dynasty, leading to the founding of the Republic of China on January 01, 1912.
Taiwan and St Kitts and Nevis established diplomatic relations in 1983.