China-Pacific relations

Chinese ambassador Qian Bo (second from left) at a media briefing at Tiko's restaurant in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Chinese Government respects the rights of the people of the Pacific Island countries to choose their own development paths, says Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This was relayed to the Fijian media personnel by Chinese ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo during a media luncheon hosted by the embassy in Suva yesterday.

Mr Qian said during President Xi’s recent collective meeting with Pacific leaders who had diplomatic relations with China, he highlighted that China and these Pacific countries had been good friends who treated each other with sincerity and mutual respect, good partners who worked together for development and mutual benefits, and good brothers who understood and learnt from each other.

“China maintains that all countries are equal regardless of their sizes, respects the rights of the peoples in Pacific Island countries to choose their own development paths, and respects the countries’ efforts in united self-improvement and equal participation in international and regional affairs,” Mr Qian said.

During the meeting in PNG, President Xi and the eight Pacific leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties and pragmatic co-operation.

According to Mr Qian, China and eight Pacific Island countries have agreed to elevate their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development.

“The Chinese president put forward suggestions on the development of China’s relations with Pacific Island countries under new circumstances, stressing that the two sides should seize the opportunity and jointly work for a better future,” he said.

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