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Ties between Pacific Islands including Tonga, and China strengthened

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/10/2019

The Prime Minister Dr. Pohiva Tui’onetoa led a Tongan delegation to the third China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum held in Apia, Samoa, last week which was attended by several Pacific Islands leaders as well.

At the opening ceremony Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua delivered a congratulatory message from Chinese President Xi Jinping saying China is willing to cooperate with all parties concerned to implement the consensus reached by the leaders, deepen strategic coordination, push forward cooperation on jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and share development experiences, to get the island countries better empowered in achieving sustainable development.

China expects to expand trade and investments with the Pacific island countries and grow cooperation in sectors like agriculture, forestry and fishery, energy and resources as well as tourism.

Hu announced eight measures that China will take to further step up support for the social and economic development of Pacific island countries.

Together with leaders from the Pacific island countries, Hu witnessed the signing of the China-Pacific Island Countries Program of Action on Economic Development and Cooperation.

During the forum, the Chinese Vice Premier Mr. HU Chunhua held several bilateral meetings with leaders from Pacific Island Countries including Honorable Prime Minister Tui’onetoa. This meeting is one of the highest level meetings in 2019 between China and Tonga.

The Tongan delegation led by the Prime Minister also included 4 Ministers – the Minister for Finance – Tevita Lavemaau, the Minister for Infrastructure – ‘Akosita Lavulavu, the Minister for Trade and Economic Development – Samiu Vaipulu, and the Minister for Agriculture, Foods, Forestry, and Fisheries – Lord Tu’ilakepa.

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