At a press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on September 23, a reporter asked whether China intends to reopen the space TT&C station closed in 2003. Geng Shuang reminded him that the two countries have not yet resumed diplomatic relations; sooner or later we should come, please be quiet.
The media in Taiwan did not forget to worry about it. Zhu Wenxiang, the ambassador in Kiribati, was quoted by Taiwans Central News Agency as saying that the space TT&C station had not been dismantled and had been guarded by local fishermen. The equipment is just locked up and seems ready to be used.
Commemorative Seal of Surveillance and Control Station
According to the Global Times, it is known that Kiribati has built the first overseas space TT&C station on the mainland because of its special geographical location. In order to serve the mainlands manned space project 921, the mainland built Kiribati TT&C station in Kiribati in October 1997. The station has accomplished many unmanned missions of Shenzhou spacecraft, as well as the TT&C missions of Fengyun and Beidou satellites.
But at the end of 2002, when President Stowe failed in the general election held in Kiribati, pro-Taiwan opposition leaders immediately established diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Therefore, in order to safeguard the sacred sovereignty of the country, the mainland decided to sever diplomatic relations with Kiribati. The scientific researchers of the Mainland Aerospace TT&C System also endured bitterness and love, abandoned this excellent overseas TT&C treasure land, and left Kiribati in March 2003 with TT&C equipment.
However, in the six years since Kiribati was built and put into use, the mainland has accumulated rich experience in the construction of overseas space TT&C stations, which has laid a solid foundation for the follow-up layout of overseas TT&C stations.
Geng Shuang said on the 20th that the Kiribati governments decision to recognize the one-China principle and resume diplomatic relations with China once again fully demonstrates that adherence to the one-China principle is the aspiration of the people and the trend of the times is irresistible.
We believe that the resumption and development of diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China, with a population of more than 1.4 billion, the worlds second largest economy and broad prospects for development, will certainly bring unprecedented opportunities for Kiribatis development. We are willing to work with the parties to open a new page in the development of bilateral relations.
Reporters questioned whether Cai Yingshi, who had broken ties with Haiti and Tuvalu, would change his face in seconds.
After Solomon Islands, Kiribati also broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan authorities today (20). When Cai Yingying, the leader of Taiwan region, met with the media today for this purpose, a reporter asked, Is it possible for the next Haiti to break diplomatic relations with Tuvalu (with Taiwan authorities)? Do you have any knowledge of it? Cai Yingwen only answered Thank you and turned to leave. When he stepped down, his face changed instantly.
Kiribati and the Taiwan National Office of the Taiwan Authorities `Breaking off Diplomatic Relations: Making the Right Decision
On September 20, the government of Kiribati decided to sever the so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan authorities and resume diplomatic relations with China. A spokesman for the National Taiwan Office, Ma Xiaoguang, said in response to inquiries that the Kiribati government and people had made the right decision, and we highly appreciate it.