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Xi urges closer ties with Micronesia

By An Baijie | China Daily | Updated: 2019-12-14 05:02
President Xi Jinping welcomes President of the Federated States of Micronesia David W. Panuelo in Beijing on Friday. [SHEN HONG / XINHUA]

President appreciates Pacific island country’s support of one-China policy

China and the Federated States of Micronesia should expand cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure and tourism under the Belt and Road framework, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Panuelo is paying an eight-day state visit to China that started on Wednesday.

Witnessed by the two presidents, the two countries signed a number of cooperation documents covering multiple areas including diplomacy, infrastructure, medicine and agriculture.

Xi said China appreciated Panuelo's dedication to the development of bilateral relations and to the upholding of the one-China policy.

China stays on the path of peaceful development, and it treats all countries equally no matter how big or small, Xi said, adding that China firmly opposes unilateralism and bullying practices.

The two countries have respected, trusted and supported each other over the past 30 years since the two established diplomatic ties, and practical cooperation has brought real benefits to the people of both countries, Xi said.

Xi pointed out that the two nations should maintain high-level exchanges, enhance communication between governmental and legislative agencies and promote mutual political trust.

China respects a development path for the Federated States of Micronesia that fits its own national situation, and it supports the country's efforts to maintain national independence and pursue development, Xi said.

Xi welcomes the Federated States of Micronesia to export more high-quality goods to China, saying that the two countries should make full use of the policies and measures announced by China to deepen relations with Pacific island nations.

Xi announced that China would continue to provide economic and technological assistance within its capacity to the Federated States of Micronesia.

The two countries should boost people-to-people exchanges and promote the cooperation of local-level governments, Xi said. The two sides should also enhance coordination on major global issues including climate change and maritime affairs, he added.

Panuelo said that as China's sincere friend, he was pleased by China's great progress and he believes China will make greater achievements in the future.

He spoke highly of Xi's proposal of building a community with a shared future for mankind. Although his country is small, it has always been treated in an equal and respectful From page 1 manner by China, he said.

Panuelo reaffirmed his country's firm stance on supporting the one-China policy, saying that issues related to Hong Kong, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and the Tibet autonomous region are China's domestic affairs and should not be interfered with by foreign countries.

Premier Li Keqiang also held a meeting with Panuelo on Friday afternoon during which Li said that China has a wide range of common interests with the Federated States of Micronesia, and Beijing would like to make joint efforts with the country to maintain regional stability and promote development.

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