Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu Held Reception Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
2019-10-01 21:12

     On October 1, 2019, H.E. Zhou Haicheng, Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu and his wife Mdm. Zhou Xia held a reception in the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Around 150 guests attended the reception, including Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Mrs. Salwai, Deputy Prime Minister Jotham Napat and Mrs. Napat, Minister Ralph Regenvanu and Mrs. Regenvanu, Minister Bruno Leingkon and Mrs. Leingkon, Minister Don Ken, Minister Francois Chani, members of parliament, officials from Vanuatu government, and representatives from the press, businesses and diplomatic corps, and the Chinese community, enterprises, medical team and teachers in Vanuatu.

     Ambassador Zhou said in his remarks that since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago, the Chinese nation has stood up, grown rich and become strong. China’s economy and society have developed quickly. Its overall strength has increased remarkably. Facts have proven that China has chosen a right path for development. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, Chinese people will continue strengthening solidarity and work hard to make the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation into reality.

     Ambassador Zhou stressed that China firmly upholds peaceful development and sticks to an independent foreign policy. China has devoted itself to forging a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation and stands ready to work with all the other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

     Ambassador Zhou said that China attaches great importance to the issue of climate change and has been actively engaged in and contributed to the global campaign on climate change. Guided by a green growth concept, China strictly follows a path of green, low-carbon and sustainable development. China has made tremendous achievements in the fight against climate change, contributing Chinese wisdom and strength to the whole world.

     Ambassador Zhou pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, China and Vanuatu have always regarded each other as true friends and best partners. In May, Prime Minister Salwai made an official visit to China and held successful meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, reaching a series of important consensus and opening a new chapter for the China-Vanuatu partnership. China stands ready to increase people-to-people exchanges at all levels with Vanuatu, work with Vanuatu to strengthen coordination in international affairs and jointly promote the implementation of UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China will firmly support Vanuatu’s endeavors to explore a development path suitable to its national conditions and will continue supporting Vanuatu’s efforts to develop national economy and improve people’s living standards. Now the China-Vanuatu relationship has entered a new era featuring win-win cooperation and common development. Both countries should work hand-in-hand and tap into our advantages to take the China-Vanuatu Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a new height.

     Honorable Charlot Salwai extended warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and spoke highly of the excellent Vanuatu-China relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations 37 years ago. He said, “Vanuatu greatly values its relations with China and looks forward to continuing to learn from China’s development experiences going forward...To that end, high-level exchanges such as my official visit to Beijing in May has proven very beneficial, as we continue to discuss means by which to deepen Sino-Vanuatu relations. ” The recent conclusion of a visa waiver agreement and an air services agreement will ease travel restrictions between the two countries and allow for the development of mutual air connectivity and services, he continued.

     Prime Minister Salwai stressed that the China-Vanuatu relationship was founded on principles of mutual respect, strong people-to-people links and a steadfast commitment to the betterment of the livelihoods of the two peoples. “While the China-Vanuatu relationship has fared well on the ‘One China Policy’, our mutual commitments to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and principles of mutual respect and common development will only strengthen it.” The 70th anniversary celebrations in Vila provide a timely opportunity to reflect on how the two countries see this relationship advancing into the future, for mutual benefit and for the welfare of the two peoples. To that end, he looks forward to leading the Vanuatu delegation to Samoa later this month to attend the Third China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum.

     Mr. Salwai said, Vanuatu places emphasis on proactively responding to challenges that continue to plague its development pathways, and is encouraged to learn from the new development path blazed by China. Vanuatu applauds China for its expressed commitment to fully implementing the Paris Agreement and for taking steps to be a global leader in sustainable development. This commitment includes the promotion of alternate-renewable energy sources such as solar, and the expressed intent to completely transit away from non-renewable energy sources such as coal. Vanuatu continues to value the assistance of China during times of natural disasters and in contributing to the construct of resilient infrastructures, under the auspices of the Belt and Road Initiative.

     Hon. Salwai applauded China’s reform and opening-up process, a process which not only transformed China into what it is today but also enhanced China’s footprint globally. He said, Vanuatu also looks forward to continued collaboration with China in such priority areas as education, skills & technology transfer, tourism, trade and investment and in agriculture. Concerning the broader international agenda, Vanuatu looks forward to collaborating with China on issues of mutual interest. In closing, Mr. Salwai extended once again heartfelt congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the P.R. China, and conveyed best wishes for a future of prosperity and success.

     The reception was filled with an atmosphere of celebration and friendship. The Embassy put on a photo exhibition for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and showed a documentary “Beautiful China”. The guests extended their warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary and acclaimed the remarkable achievements made by China. All the people present made the best wishes for the prosperity of China and the everlasting friendship between China and Vanuatu.