Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Chinese side supports the 2050 Island Nations Strategy for the Pacific Blue Continent and is willing to discuss cooperation in areas such as environmental protection. marine ecology and e-commerce, in order to create new growth points.
China has developed and implemented a series of green and low-emission policies and measures, and will firmly honor its promises on climate change, he said.
SUVA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday met with Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary-General Henry Puna, with the two sides discussing cooperation bilateral on blue economy and climate change.
The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is the most representative intergovernmental organization in the South Pacific region, and China attaches great importance to its role in regional affairs, Wang said.
China has established the China-PIF Cooperation Fund and is willing to continue to strengthen dialogue with the PIF Secretariat, build mutual trust, carry out cooperation and support the PIF, so as to consolidate and develop jointly relations between developing countries and the Pacific island nations, he explained.
Wang said the Chinese side supports the 2050 Island Nations Strategy for the Pacific Blue Continent and is willing to discuss cooperation in areas such as marine ecology protection and e-commerce, so as to create new growth points.
China will firmly push opening up to a wider extent, deeper dimension and higher level, and welcome more quality products from island countries entering the Chinese market.
Wang stressed that his current visit to the South Pacific region aims to promote mutually beneficial cooperation and friendly exchanges with Pacific island countries, and that China will further deepen relations with Pacific island countries on the basis of mutual trust, equal treatment, win-win cooperation, openness and inclusiveness.
China released a fact sheet on its cooperation with Pacific island countries a few days ago, showing that China’s cooperation with Pacific island countries has covered all sectors and brought tangible benefits to people in the Pacific island countries, he noted.
China stands ready to carry out greater cooperation in third-party markets with all countries, especially those with traditional influence in the region, to complement each other and form greater synergy so as to help Pacific island countries strengthen their capacity for self-development and move forward. the realization of development and revitalization, Wang said.
Puna noted that China, an important dialogue and development partner of Pacific island countries, has long made indispensable contributions to the development of Pacific island countries, and that Pacific island countries are ready to strengthen ties with the China’s development strategy, to expand cooperation with China in the fields of economy and trade, education and blue economy, to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by China’s development, in particularly the digital economy, to achieve sustainable and diversified development.
The duo also exchanged views on climate change.
Wang said China has vigorously pushed forward the Paris Agreement and actively adhered to it. The country has developed and implemented a series of green and low-emission policies and measures, and will firmly deliver on its climate change promises.
In the meantime, Wang said, China, along with other developing countries, including Pacific island nations, would like to urge developed countries to sincerely shoulder their historical responsibilities, fulfill their commitment to developing countries, to achieve carbon neutrality sooner than expected, and thus to make due contributions to addressing the issue of climate change.
China, within the framework of South-South cooperation, will continue to meet the needs of small island countries and offer assistance within its capacity, he said.
Puna spoke highly of China’s great efforts in combating climate change. He praised China for establishing a cooperation center for China and Pacific island countries on climate change. He also expressed the wish to jointly advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement with China.