BEIJING – 25 May 2012: The head of China’s top political advisory body said here Friday that China is ready to advance its relations with the South Pacific Islands to new stages.
Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remark as he met with a group of South Pacific Island politicians headed by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao.
Jia said China and the South Pacific Island nations share a long-standing friendship and have maintained good momentum in bilateral relations. He said frequent contact and increasing cooperation in various fields have brought substantial benefits to the people of the two sides.
Since the first group of South Pacific Island politicians visited China last year, such exchanges have helped improve understanding and advance practical cooperation between the two sides, according to Jia.
The CPPCC chair expressed appreciation for the South Pacific Island nations’ firm adherence to the one-China policy and their stout support on issues concerning China’s core interests.
Jia said China respects the route of development that the island nations are pursuing according to their own conditions, adding China supports their continuous economic development and improvement of people’s livelihoods. He also stressed that China is ready to strengthen cooperation with them in various fields so as to realize common development.
La’auli thanked China for its assistance concerning the economy, social services and infrastructure. He expressed willingness to learn from the development experience of China and step up exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.
The South Pacific Island group consists of politicians from Fiji, Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.