Joint Press Communique Between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Tonga

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) pose for a group photo with Tonga's King Tupou VI (2nd L) and his wife Queen Nanasipau'u, in Beijing, capital of China, March 1, 2018. Xi held talks with Tonga's King Tupou VI on Thursday. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)


Beijing, March 1, 2018

At the invitation of His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, His Majesty King Tupou Ⅵ of the Kingdom of Tonga is paying a state visit to China from February 28 to March 8, 2018. The meeting was accomplished in deepening political trust, strengthening practical cooperation, and promoting the strategic partnership between China and Tonga. Two sides signed 7 cooperation agreements in related to Economic, Human Resources Development, Education, etc.


During the visit, H.M. King Tupou Ⅵ held talks with H.E. President Xi Jinping and met with H.E. Premier Li Keqiang. H.M. King Tupou Ⅵ and his delegation visited Beijing, and will visit Zhejiang, Hainan and Guangdong. The two sides had in-depth discussion on further consolidating and developing the strategic partnership between China and Tonga and other issues of shared interest, and reached important consensus, based on respect on each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. They stand on win-win cooperation, under the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by the Chinese side and China welcomed more Tongan agricultural and fishery products. The two sides agreed to step up cooperation in such areas as trade and investment, agriculture and fishery, clean energy, maritime resource conservation and sustainable development.


The cooperation will enhance through people-to-people exchanges and further strengthen cooperation in such areas as culture, education, tourism, media, youth and health. The two sides agreed to support more cooperation between friendship associations, and more exchanges at non-governmental and sub-national levels, including those between China’s Guangdong province and relevant Tongan islands, so as to enhance understanding and friendship between the two peoples. China will continue to help Tonga in human resources development within its capacity by providing government scholarships and training opportunities in China. The Chinese expressed its readiness to further strengthen solidarity and cooperation with Tonga and provide support and assistance to Tonga to develop its economy and improve its people’s livelihood.


Globally, China aims to strengthen coordination and cooperation in the United Nations, Pacific Islands Forum and other multilateral fora, and enhance communication and collaboration on global issues including ‘climate change’ and ‘sustainable development’. They will ensure the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, and promote green, low-carbon and sustainable development in the world. China stands ready to enhance South-South cooperation on climate change with Tonga, in particular in practical cooperation relating to mitigation and adaptation.


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