By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Palikir-- The Federated States of Micronesia Congress has voted to retain the nation's one-China policy, rejecting President David Panuelo's proposed switch to Taiwan.
The resolution, adopted on April 4, noted the importance of FSM’s consistency in its foreign policies and diplomatic relations which have “led to security, peace and stability” for the nation.
The resolution said the FSM's diplomatic relations with China is "an example of its consistent policy which over time has only strengthened and become significantly beneficial to both sides."
In his 13-page letter to Congress last month, Panuelo disclosed his meeting with Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph, seeking replacement grants to offset the funding that the FSM would lose should it cut ties with China.
Panuelo expressed displeasure over China's attempts to drag the FSM into its political warfare and corrupt practices that involve bribing local politicians.
According to the resolution, through hard work by the Department of Foreign Affairs and consultations with a broad segment of the nation’s leadership, the FSM had established its foreign affairs policy and built its diplomatic relations.
The FSM Congress said through consistent foreign policies and through good standing diplomatic relations, the FSM has increased its participation in global and regional organizations, increased its accessibility to development aid, training and opportunities in health and education, and many other benefits to the nation.
With over 30 years of strong diplomatic relations, the Congress adopted CR 22-200 and “strongly urges that its diplomatic relations with China remain unchanged absent an in-depth study, consultation with this Congress and a broad segment of national and state governments, and compelling evidence of any negative impact this diplomatic relationship has had on the Nation.”