Cook Islands, 13 November 2023(TDI): During the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting held from November 6-10 in the Cook Islands, China’s Special Envoy for Pacific Island Countries Affairs, Qian Bo, emphasized the significant role of the China International Import Expo (CIIE).

Moreover, he outlined key areas of cooperation between China and the Pacific Island countries during the event.

In a dialogue session on Friday, Qian Bo discussed China’s policy towards Pacific island countries, underscoring the potential for high-quality Belt and Road cooperation to bring substantial opportunities for the development of Pacific island nations.

He elaborated on the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation outcomes, emphasizing the eight steps China will take to support such high-quality cooperation.

Furthermore, he emphasized the commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its potential to align with the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, asserting that the collaborative efforts would offer significant opportunities for the island nations.

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Key highlights of dialogue session

China is dedicated to high-level opening up to the world and aims to strengthen cooperation with Pacific island countries within the BRI framework.

Moreover, Qian Bo announced new concrete measures to support the development of Pacific island countries, which were warmly welcomed and highly praised by all participants.

In addition, he added that China will leverage the CIIE and six platforms for cooperation, focusing on climate action, poverty reduction, agriculture, disaster preparedness, the application of Juncao technology, and emergency supplies.

He further added that China commits to taking concrete actions to support implementing the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, fostering an even closer community with a shared future between China and Pacific island countries.

As part of the Pacific Islands Forum, founded in 1971, this year’s meeting, hosted by the Cook Islands under the theme “Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Pacific Way: Promote, Partner, Prosper,” provided a platform for collective responses to regional issues and highlighted the collaborative efforts to enhance the prosperity and well-being of the Pacific island nations.