Today is a big day. We are gathering here to mark the official opening of the new Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Vanuatu. First of all, please allow me to welcome all of you to our new Embassy and express our heart-felt appreciation for you to join us in witnessing and celebrating this historical moment.
As Ambassador, I am more than happy to have a permanent office and home in Port Vila. I would like to take this opportunity to convey our gratitude to the Government of Vanuatu, to the Municipal Government of Port Vila, to the contractor of CCECC, to the Chinese Community, and to all the friends who supported and cared for the building of this Embassy. Last but not least, my appreciation goes to our new neighbors Le Lagon Resort and Mok Store for their understanding, support and cooperation.
The new Embassy is the symbol of strong diplomatic relations between China and Vanuatu and I believe that it will become an important landmark in the course of the development of our relations, for it shows not only the importance China attaches to our relations, but also China’s commitment to developing long-term relationship with Vanuatu. Moreover, the opening ceremony of the new Embassy is one of the most important celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I say a few words about the celebrations for this significant year:
In the first half of this year, we held receptions respectively in Port Vila and Beijing. High-level officials visited each other, including visits to Vanuatu by Chinese Vice Chairman of National People’ Congress and Vice Foreign Minister, and Vanuatu Minister of Finance’s visit to China. Chinese navy fleet’s visit deepened our military relations. Foshan’s charity show and more than 200 ni-Vans taking part in various training in the last six months enhanced our people-people exchanges.
In the latter half of 2017, Chinese Guangdong province continued for the fifth consecutive year to send its medical team to Vanuatu to perform modern cataract surgeries for local ni-Vans to enable them to see the world again, which has won high praises from the Vanuatu government and people. The Second Vanuatu Government and Parliament Joint Delegation will embark on their trip to China in August. We will also expect the ceremonies of the completion and handover of the main wharf of Santo and the office building expansion of PMO. In October, we will see the Korman Stadium completed for the 2017 Pacific Mini-Games.
To sum up, these celebrations are testaments to the positive comments of the Vanuatu side that “Vanuatu and China enjoy friendly and fruitful relations” and “Our relations are unprecedented”. I can’t agree more with these comments.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Those achievements belong to the past and we can not wait to create a brighter future of China-Vanuatu relations. With this new facility and the concerted efforts of our two sides, I have every reason to believe that our relations will continue to grow from strength to strength and the strategic partnership between China and Vanuatu featuring mutual respect and common development will be pushed to a new height.
Dear friends, five days from today, Vanuatu will celebrate its 37th Independence Day. I wish to congratulate the government of Vanuatu and its people on this important occasion and say “Happy Independence Day”.
Thank you. Tankiotumas! Merci Beaucoup!