China Daily Global / 2023-05 / 17 /Page 013
Pacific islands and China’s bilateral relations have and will withstand the tests of evolving international landscape
In November 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the South Pacific. Together with the leaders of the countries in the region, President Xi outlined a new vision for China-Pacific relations. Then Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi visited the Pacific islands in June 2022, reiterating that China is ready to share its development experience, opportunities and dividends with the Pacific islanders. In this process, China’s foreign affairs principle that all countries, big or small, are equal, resonates particularly well in our small land and human communities.
The Chinese presence, filling the West’s void, has been warmly welcomed by the Pacific governments and communities. It was heartening to see that with China’s sincere input, the governments of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and France were attaching greater importance to the status and role of the Pacific island countries. Pacific islanders naturally welcome and hope that these developed countries will come up with concrete actions and measures, making their due contribution to peace and prosperity in the region.
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