Chinese, Tongan Prime Ministers Exchange Congratulations on 10th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties
On November 2, 2008, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao exchanged congratulatory messages with Tonga's Prime Minister Feleti Sevele to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In his message, Wen said China and Tonga have maintained friendly relations in accordance with the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence since the two countries established diplomatic ties 10 years ago. During the past 10 years, the two nations have intensified their cooperation and exchanges in such fields as economy, trade, agriculture, education, culture and infrastructure, Wen said. Meanwhile, the two sides have also maintained sound communication and coordination when dealing with international as well as regional affairs, Wen said, adding that the friendship between the two peoples has been continuously deepened. Taking the 10th anniversary of diplomatic ties as an opportunity, China is ready to strengthen the friendly exchanges and practical cooperation with Tonga in a wide range of areas, so as to bring the Chinese-Tongan relations to a new level, Wen added.
Sevele said in his message that China and Tonga have maintained close and friendly bilateral ties over the past 10 years. He added that Tonga will steadfastly adhere to the one-China policy. Sevele also extended gratitude for Chinese government's efforts in continuously promoting economic and technological cooperation with Tonga, which provides strong support for Tonga's development.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory messages with Tonga's Minister of Foreign Affairs Taumoepeau Tupou to mark the 10th anniversary of the bilateral ties.