Wang Yi Speaks with President and Foreign Minister Taneti Maamau of Kiribati on the Phone

On June 4, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with President and Foreign Minister Taneti Maamau of Kiribati at request in Guiyang.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings to President Maamau. Wang expressed, for over one year since the resumption of diplomatic ties, China-Kiribati relations get off to a good start with fruitful harvests achieved. Facts prove that the political decision of restoring diplomatic relations is entirely correct, and is to the best interest of Kiribati and its people. China stands ready to work with Kiribati to lift bilateral cooperation to a higher level.

Wang Yi said, after the COVID-19 outbreak, the two countries have supported each other in fighting the pandemic, which further enhanced the friendship. China understands the special challenges faced by Kiribati in addressing the pandemic, and it will continue to provide vaccines and medical supplies for Kiribati to defeat the virus.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and China has accomplished the first centenary goal and is embarking on a new journey to fully building a modern socialist country, which will provide more opportunities for Kiribati and other countries. China values the development of its relations with Kiribati. It will deepen Belt and Road cooperation with Kiribati, expecting the signing of the Belt and Road cooperation agreement at an early date. China will encourage Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in Kiribati. China hopes that Kiribati will leverage the preferential policies such as zero-tariff treatment for 97 percent of exported items to increase export to China. China hopes that both sides will strengthen dialogues, exchanges and cooperation in all fields, to ensure the long-term stability of the bilateral relations.

Wang Yi expressed, China highly appreciates Kiribati for abiding by the one-China principle, firmly supports its choice of a development path suited to its own national conditions, and helps the country accelerate development and achieve prosperity. Being members of the developing world, China and Kiribati share extensive common interests, so the two sides should give each other staunch support in the international arena, jointly uphold the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and international fairness and justice, and defend non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, which is a basic norm governing international relations.

Maamau asked Wang Yi to convey his best wishes to President Xi Jinping, congratulated the CPC on the 100th anniversary of its founding, and sincerely thanked for China’s strong support for its social and economic development, especially for its fight against the pandemic. He reaffirmed the commitment to the one-China policy, and firmly supported China’s legitimate position on issues concerning Taiwan, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Kiribati cherishes the development of its relations with China, and it is willing to deepen the joint construction of Belt and Road and strengthen bilateral cooperation in fields such as infrastructure, education, economy, trade, investment, and medical treatment.

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