China and Tonga have “more fruitful economic cooperation, closer links”, says Ambassador

H.E. Mr. Huang Huaguang, Chinese Ambassador in Tonga said the two countries have increasingly more close economic and administrative relationships.

He said there were more people-to-people exchanges and reconfirmed China would continue to work together with Tonga and increase the cooperation and give more benefits to its people.

Mr Huaguang made his statements in a speech during a reception his office hosted to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Nuku’alofa.

HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala was the Guest of Honour and the reception was widely joined by over 150 distinguished guests including Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Acting Prime Minister of Tonga and Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Diplomatic Corps, Heads of Ministries as well as Chinese agricultural experts and leaders from Chinese community, a statement from the embassy said.

The celebration began with the National Anthems of the Kingdom of Tonga and the People’s Republic of China and followed by remarks by H.E. Ambassador Huang and Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni.

“In his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador introduced the economic situation in China and said that against the down risk of global economy, China’s GDP achieved 6.7% growth rate and contributes nearly 30% of the world economic growth.

“H.E. Ambassador also briefed about the G20 Hangzhou Summit and said during the meeting, leaders from around the world have reached Hangzhou Consensus to make joint efforts for the recovery of global economy.

“H.E. Ambassador Huang spoke highly of the bilateral relations between China and Tonga and said in the year passed, both sides have frequent high level exchanges, more fruitful economic cooperation, closer links between local administrations and more people-to-people exchanges and reconfirmed China would continue to work together with Tongan side to enlarge the cooperation and make our people benefit.

“Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni on behalf of His Majesty, the Government and people of Tonga congratulated China on the prosperous achievements and said with competent leadership, strategic policy of reform and opening up, China has risen to become the world’s largest trader of goods, the 2nd largest economy with global influence and the world 3rd largest direct oversea investor.

“Both sides have good cooperation in sector of economic development, climate change, civil aviation, tourism, health, sports, agriculture, education, defense and key infrastructure. Hon. Acting Prime Minister also reconfirmed that Tongan Government would render its support to China in promoting stronger ties between two countries.

“The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1st, 1949”.

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