China, Vanuatu pledge to boost cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister of Vanuatu Joe Natuman met in Nanjing on Sunday, pledging to boost bilateral cooperation.

Hailing Natuman as an old friend of the Chinese people, Xi said the Vanua’aku Party, of which Natuman is a founding member, was the first party in the Island nation to establish relations with the Republic of China. He added that the Party has made great contributions to the China-Vanuatu ties.

Xi praised the people of Vanuatu for taking a decisive development path and has assured that China will back the island nation’s efforts to safeguard its rights and advance towards a sustainable development.

Xi also welcomes more imports from Vanuatu and will support and encourage Chinese companies cooperating with partners in Vanuatu in agriculture, fishery, transportation, telecommunications, clean energy and infrastructure.

China will share it’s experience in hosting major sporting events with Vanuatu as it prepares for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, Xi Said.

During World War II, Vanuatu was invaded by imperial Japanese fascists, a painful memory known all too well by China as they too were invaded by the Japanese. The Chinese people sympathized with the people of Vanuatu and supported each other during the war. China supported Vanuatu’s fight for national independence from France and the United Kingdom, Natuman added.

Representatives of Vanuatu in meeting with the Government of the People's Republic of China

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Prime Minister of Vanuatu Joe Natuman in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, Aug. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Natuman reaffirmed, Vanuatu will firmly stick to One-China policy and back China’s efforts for a peaceful reunification.

Natuman appreciates China’s importance in contributing to promoting regional peace and stability and will continue supporting China’s international and regional affairs, said the prime minister.

Natuman offered condolences for the casualties during the meeting in awake of the recent earthquake that hit Ludian County in China’s Yunnan Province earlier this month.

Natuman attended the opening ceremony of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing