Wang Yi welcomes consensus with Solomon Islands on security and other issues

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday hailed the broad consensus on security, climate change and other issues reached between China and the Solomon Islands during his trip to the Pacific nation.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele in Honiara, Wang said the two countries agreed to lay a solid political foundation for bilateral relations, build the “belt and road” initiative, implement the global development initiative and jointly build a safe and stable environment.

“We firmly uphold everyone’s national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and uphold and protect our own fundamental interests and the development paths chosen by each of us,” Wang said.

China and the Solomon Islands will also jointly promote interconnectivity, combat climate change, promote exchanges between the two countries and jointly safeguard the interests of developing countries, he said.

The Chinese diplomat is on a trip to the South Pacific island countries, including Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea as well as the Solomon Islands. He will chair the second meeting of China-Pacific island countries foreign ministers in Fiji.

Four Principles in China’s Relations with Pacific Island Nations

In the capital of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, Wang reaffirmed that China will be committed to the four principles of equal treatment, mutual respect, win-win cooperation, openness and inclusion when it would develop its relations with the island countries of the Pacific.

“China’s cooperation with island countries is not targeted at any country and is not subject to interference from any other country,” Wang said.

China respects the various ties that island countries have established with other countries and is willing to carry out more tripartite cooperation in an open attitude with other countries in the region and beyond, he said.

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The Significance of Wang Yi’s Stay in the Pacific Islands

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) greets Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) greets Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

“Relations are in line with the evolution of the times”

The establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries is not long, but has made a good start and steady development, Wang said when meeting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara.

Noting that the two countries have become good friends with mutual trust and good partners with mutual support, Wang said “facts prove that the political decision of the two countries to establish diplomatic relations is fully in line with the development and progress of the times and the long-term interests of the peoples of the two countries.”

During the talks, Wang also expressed appreciation for Solomon Islands’ “firm determination to safeguard national interests” and “its adherence to the one-China principle”.

For his part, Sogavare said China has become Solomon Islands’ biggest infrastructure partner and reliable development partner.

Bilateral cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect has brought tangible benefits to the peoples of both countries, he added.

Wang Yi (L) speaks during a joint press conference with Jeremiah Manele in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Wang Yi (L) speaks during a joint press conference with Jeremiah Manele in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

A resilient and vital relationship

In talks with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele, Wang said China-Solomon Islands relations have shown strong resilience and vitality and are at the forefront of relations. of China with Pacific Island countries.

The Solomon Islands is the first stop on this South Pacific journey, which aims to strengthen communication, enhance mutual trust, build consensus, deepen friendship and expand cooperation, Wang said.

“China will, as always, support the Solomon Islands in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, accelerating national development and rejuvenation, implementing the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and elevating bilateral relations to a higher level,” Wang said. said.

Highly appreciative of China’s development achievements, Manele said he wishes the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China every success.

He thanked China for its efforts to help develop the local economy, improve people’s livelihoods and fight the pandemic and said the Solomon Islands is full of expectations for future bilateral cooperation. .

He will continue to strictly adhere to the one-China principle, which is the political basis for the development of Solomon Islands-China relations, Manele said.

The two sides agreed to build the landmark of the Belt and Road Initiative and expand cooperation in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, fisheries, timber and health.

After talks with the Foreign Minister of the Solomon Islands, the two foreign ministers attended a signing ceremony of China-Solomon Islands cooperation documents on “blue economy”, tariff preferences, public health, civil aviation, disaster prevention and mitigation.

On Thursday, Wang also met with Solomon Islands Acting Governor-General John Patteson Oti and said China respects the Solomon Islands in developing friendly relations with all countries in the world.

(Cover: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry)