Reply by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on questions posed in National Assembly for oral reply
3 Nov 2010
Mr K S Mubu (DA) to ask the Deputy President:
(1) What is the government's position on the demands by Tibetans for greater autonomy from Chinese rule;
(2) Whether the government will support Tibet's demand in the spirit of ubuntu; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
South Africa adopted the "One China" policy in 1998. This position was formalised through the "Memorandum of Understanding between the government of South Africa and the government of the People's Republic of China on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations", signed on 30 December 1998. This position is also consistent with international law and diplomatic practice.
The "One China Policy" is an international principle that there is one China and that Mainland China including Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are all part of China. This position is also recognised by the UN.
I thank you.
Issued by: The Presidency
3 Nov 2010
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