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China welcomes Micronesia's role in Belt and Road

By ZHANG YUNBI | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-03-27 15:55

China welcomes the participation by Micronesia in the building of the Belt and Road Initiative to achieve a win-win situation and common development, President Xi Jinping said in a meeting with visiting Micronesian President Peter Christian on Monday.

The two countries should fully tap into their potential and press ahead with two-way cooperation in fields including tourism, agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure, Xi said.

Xi said the two countries enjoy common or similar views on many international and regional issues, and China is ready to strengthen coordination with Micronesia on key issues such as climate change.

China supports Micronesia to further play a proactive role in regional affairs and is ready to step up dialogue and communication on affairs involving Pacific island countries, Xi added.

Christian said his country staunchly upholds the one-China policy, and it supports the positions of China regarding major issues such as climate change and globalization.

Xi noted that, after the two countries established a strategic partnership of mutual respect and common development in 2014, they have deepened political mutual trust and strengthened mutually beneficial cooperation, and ties have achieved important progress.

China views Micronesia as a good friend and a good partner among Pacific island countries, and is willing to maintain exchanges at various levels, including high-level ones, Xi said.

Christian said Micronesia's relationship with China has achieved robust development since the diplomatic ties was established 28 years ago, and this is benefited by the consistent mutual respect of the two countries over each other's independence and integrity of sovereignty.

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