China, Kiribati Eye Further Development Of Ties

SYDNEY, China and Kiribati looked forward to further development of bilateral relations, while celebrating the first anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties.

“One year ago, the seed of China-Kiribati cooperation was sowed, when Kiribati made the historical decision to resume diplomatic ties with China. Now the seed has grown into a strong sapling under the care from both sides,” said Chinese Ambassador to Kiribati, Tang Songgen.

Tang made the remarks at the reception marking Chinese National Day and the first anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties, held by the Chinese embassy in Kiribati last night in Tarawa, capital of the south Pacific island country.

Tang spoke highly of the fruitful cooperation conducted by the two countries in many areas, including trade, green energy, agriculture and fishery, education, health and cultural exchanges, which benefited the people in Kiribati.

He said, facts proved that the resumption of diplomatic relationship between China and Kiribati conforms to the trend of the times and is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples. The Chinese side will work with the Kiribati government to deepen bilateral cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity.

President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, recalled the resumption of diplomatic ties in Sept, 2019, as “a bold and decisive step to start a new journey.”

“This is a journey founded on mutual respect and friendship … and adhere to my government’s commitment to the one-China principle,” Maamau said.

He said, the fruits of bilateral cooperation since last Sept, have been a constant reminder of the greater good the two countries can achieve through partnership, and expressed gratitude for China’s support to various sectors.

“The reopening of the embassy in May this year is a testament of China’s continued commitment to Kiribati, and we look forward to opening our mission in Beijing in the near future,” he said.

“Tonight (last night) we looked back on the tangible outcome that we have accomplished together and reaffirmed our commitment for the boundless opportunities for our cooperation,” Maamau said.

Speaker of Kiribati’s House of Assembly, Tangariki Reete, Vice President, Teuea Toatu, Chief Justice, John Muria, ministers, members of the House of Assembly and people of all walks of life also attended the reception.