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Wu Bangguo Meets with Tongan Guest

2012/10/29

On the afternoon of October 29, 2012, Wu Bangguo, member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met with Lord Fakafanua, speaker of the Tongan Parliament at the Great Hall of the People.

Wu said China-Tonga relations have maintained good momentum of development since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1998. Both sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges, with deepening cooperation in various fields and mutual support and cooperation in international and regional affairs. China appreciates the adherence of the one-China policy by the Royal Family, the government and the parliament of Tonga, said Wu. China attaches importance to developing relations with the Pacific island countries including Tonga and there are no obstacles or problems between the two countries except friendship and cooperation. China is ready to keep close friendly exchanges between the governments, parliaments and political parties of the two countries based on mutual respect and equal treatment to enhance mutual understanding and trust. China is ready to enhance substantial cooperation in fields such as agriculture, fishery and tourism, said Wu. He added that China will continue to provide assistance to Tonga within the realm of its capabilities under the framework of South-South cooperation and do more practical things for Tonga's economic and social development.

The top legislator also spoke highly of the parliamentarian exchanges between the two countries. He said China's NPC is willing to conduct multi-level exchanges and cooperation with the Tongan Parliament in order to make parliamentarian ties as a constructive force for sound and stable development of China-Tonga relations.

Fakafanua said the current visit deepened his understanding of China, the Communist Party of China and the NPC. He said it made him fully recognize that China's characteristic political system ensured the country's prosperity and stability. Fakafanua said that Tonga admired China's achievements, and appreciated that the country viewed Pacific island nation as an equal member of the international community and provided it with long-term assistance. Stressing that Tonga will firmly adhere to the one-China policy and support China's peaceful reunification, he said the parliament was willing to strengthen friendly exchanges with China's NPC and learn from China's development experience.

Minister Wang Jiarui of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee attended the meeting.

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