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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Joe Natuman of Vanuatu

2014/08/17

On August 17, 2014, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Joe Natuman of Vanuatu in Nanjing, extending warm welcome to his special trip to attend the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Natuman expressed that he wishes the Nanjing YOG a complete success and the opening ceremony last night left them with wonderful and deep impression.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Prime Minister Natuman is an old friend of the Chinese people. The Vanuaaku Party, of which you are a founding member, is the earliest political party in the Pacific island region that established inter-party relations with the Communist Party of China (CPC). You have made a great contribution to the development of the China-Vanuatu relations. The Chinese side respects the Vanuatuan people's independent choice of development path and supports the Vanuatuan side's efforts to safeguard its rights and interests and advance sustainable development. The Chinese side stands ready to maintain close exchanges, facilitate communication and mutual learning and boost mutual trust with the Vanuatuan side, making the two countries good friends and partners of mutual respect, equal treatment and sincere cooperation. Vanuatu boasts rich resources in fishery industry and enjoys unique advantage in characteristic agriculture. The Chinese side welcomes more exports to China from the Vanuatuan side and will support Chinese enterprises in cooperating with the Vanuatuan side in agriculture, fishery, transportation, telecommunications, clean energy, infrastructure construction and so on. As Vanuatu is preparing for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, the Chinese side is willing to share its experience with the Vanuatuan side in hosting large-scale sporting events.

Natuman expressed that during the World War II, both Vanuatu and China suffered invasion by Japanese fascists and the two peoples sympathized with and supported each other. In the fight for national independence, they received valuable support from the Chinese side. Today, Vanuatu is striving to realize national stability and development and hopes to learn from and draw on the successful experience of the Chinese side and strengthen cooperation. The Vanuatuan side firmly sticks to the One China policy and backs the peaceful reunification of China. The Vanuatuan side appreciates the important contribution of the Chinese side to safeguarding regional peace and stability and stands ready to continue to support the Chinese side in international and regional affairs.

Natuman also offered condolences to Xi Jinping over the earthquake in Ludian, Yunnan Province, for which Xi Jinping expressed his gratitude.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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