China looking to build strong partnership with Pacific nations


CHINA is willing to work with Pacific island countries to provide opportunities, cooperate in good faith and jointly build a closer comprehensive strategic partnership.
This was revealed during the first China-Pacific island countries foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday via video link.
China’s state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi said President Xi Jinping met leaders of the island countries who had diplomatic ties with China in November, 2018.
They agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual respect and common development.
“The relations between China and the (island countries) have set an example of friendly exchanges, solidarity and cooperation for countries in different regions and with different sizes, and systems,” Wang said.
Some of the issues discussed were to:

  • DEEPEN policy communication;
  • DEEPEN cooperation against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. China will continue to provide vaccines and anti-pandemic supplies;
  • BOOST economic recovery. China will follow the principle of upholding justice and pursuing shared interests, work with countries on the high-quality belt road initiative cooperation and continue to provide economic and technological assistance to PICs with no political strings attached;
  • ADDRESS challenges. China is committed to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, and promoting new progress of adaption and financing issues that developing countries are concerned about;
  • EXPAND people to people exchanges; and,
  • PRACTICE multilateralism, upholding humanity’s common values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, maintain the international system with the United Nations at the core and the international order based on international law and safeguard the common interests of developing countries.