China’s State Council member and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that China is ready to help the Pacific island nations accelerate development and revitalization after completing a tour of eight island nations.
Under the turbulent international situation, the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and the weak economic recovery, Mr. Wang said the Pacific island nations face more risks and challenges, and his visit enhances friendship and cooperation. He added that the aim was to discuss, confront challenges, and seek collaboration. Develop and create the future together with the island nation.
“This trip is a trip of peace, cooperation, and friendship,” he said.
Mr. Wang said his tour will cover all 10 Pacific island nations with diplomatic relations with China, and during the tour, extensive and detailed communication and interaction with 17 island leaders and more than 30 ministers. Said that he did.
For years, Pacific island nations are often easily forgotten or left behind by the international community due to their weakness and weakness. Concerns of small and medium-sized countries.
Rather than working with the Pacific island nations, the king will move forward in solidarity, support each other more determinedly, cooperate more pragmatically and mutually beneficially, and share the future between China and the islands. He expressed his willingness to contribute to a close community. Country.
He said developing countries, China and the Pacific island nations, share broad agreements, similar concerns and a common mission. China’s policy towards island nations is to constantly advance comprehensive strategic partnerships characterized by mutual respect and common development.
The specific content of China’s policy towards island nations can be summarized as “four support”: equal treatment, mutual respect, mutually beneficial cooperation, and support for openness and inclusiveness.
China’s cooperation with the island nation is not targeted at other countries and will not be hindered by other states, Mr. Wang said.
China has always taken an open approach to achieving multi-win and win-win results, engaging with developed countries that are willing to engage in trilateral or multilateral cooperation in island nations.
Kiribati President Tanetti Mamau emphasized that the island nation has the right to choose its own partner and hopes that China will play a major role in facilitating development.
The island nations support justice on the international stage for the legitimate rights and interests of the island nations and appreciate China’s efforts to speak for them in world affairs such as responding to climate change.
The king emphasized that China will continue to be a reliable strategic partner of the island nation.
He said he had reached a new and broader agreement to deepen practical cooperation on the next priority of China’s cooperation with the Pacific island nations.
First, the two countries will work together to address climate change, the most pressing challenge facing island nations.
Second, efforts have been made by the island nations to promote diversified development, which is an inevitable path for them to achieve modernization.
Third, both sides should work hand in hand to do a good job in the blue economy, which is the key to the sustainable development of the island nation.
Fourth, this cooperation should facilitate the expansion of emerging industries such as the digital economy, which will be the growth point of the island economy in the future.
The Wang reiterated that China’s cooperation with the Pacific island nations was open, transparent and senior.
Cooperation does not result in political ties or impositions on others. The cooperation is not aimed at third parties and does not seek a so-called “sphere of influence,” Wang said, emphasizing that it can withstand the challenges of time and history.
He said China is ready to support and support Pacific island nations in its historic mission of accelerating development and achieving rejuvenation.
The 2nd China-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held in Fiji on May 30, was the first meeting held in the Pacific Islands since the mechanism was established in 2021.
All parties to the conference spoke positively about their mutually beneficial cooperation with China and China’s contribution to protecting the peace and stability of the region and supporting its development and prosperity.
A new agreement was reached at the meeting, after which China published a position paper on mutual respect and common development with the Pacific island nations, listing 15 key proposals and 24 concrete measures that the island nations highly value. Said Mr. Wang.
China’s cooperation with the Pacific island nations is being promoted mainly through bilateral cooperation, while cooperation with the island nations is to expand communication and coordination and form greater synergistic effects. He said he wanted a collective dialogue through the conference.
China also emphasizes communication with the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional organizations, and is “two-wheeled driving” for China’s relations with Pacific island nations, whose main route is bilateral cooperation and whose main route is multilateral cooperation. Foreseeed the vibrant situation. New platform.
China has no intention of competing for influence with other nations and is not interested in geopolitical competition, Wang said, saying that China has relations with Pacific island nations and other nations, and with Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island nations. He added that he would respect the existing traditional bonds of the United States.
China has launched a productive tripartite cooperation with Australia and New Zealand in the island nation. It is supported and welcomed by island partners.
According to Mr. Wang, the Pacific Islands are located on the south side of the Belt and Road Initiative and are important partners in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation.
China has signed a memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road cooperation with all 10 diplomatic Pacific island nations, and has signed a BRI cooperation plan between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, Mr. Wang said.
During the Wang’s tour, China also signed an implementation plan for belt and road cooperation with Kiribati with an island nation covering 15 areas, including climate change response, COVID-19 pandemic, and disaster fighting. Achieved the outcome of 52 bilateral cooperation agreements Prevention and mitigation, green development, healthcare and tourism.
Mr. Wang said at a foreign ministers’ meeting last year that China announced that it would build a platform for cooperation with Pacific island nations: a climate change cooperation center, a poverty reduction development cooperation center, and an emergency stockpile.
The stockpile of emergency supplies helped the island nation fight the pandemic by facilitating the reconstruction of Tonga after a volcanic eruption in January this year.
At this year’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, China announced the platforms of the China Pacific Islands Agricultural Cooperation Demonstration Center, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Cooperation Center, and Junkao Technology Demonstration Center, which the island nations warmly responded to. They also expressed their willingness to actively participate in the platform.
The six new cooperation platforms are tailored to the needs and conditions of the island nation. China is ready to mobilize more resources within this framework to develop human resources in the Pacific island nations and launch demo projects to benefit the people.
The King visited the Pacific Islands of Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor.