Today is very commemorative moment for both Vanuatu and China
Not long ago, Hon. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai paid his first official visit to China. During the visit, Prime Minister met with H.E President Xi Jinping and held talks with H.E Primier Keqiang. The two sides had in-depth discussions on bilateral relations and other issues of shared interest, and reached important consensus on further strengthening exchanges and cooperation in various areas, pointing the way for future development of China-Vanuatu relations. With our joint efforts, we signed the MOU on air services cooperation today. It is another fruitful result of Belt and Road Initiative ( BRI) cooperative between China and Vanuatu. We will continue to explore option for closer cooperation on civil aviation such as charter flights and direct flights between the two countries.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Hon. Prime and everyone who had made contribution to the successful signing of MOU. Without your strong support and coordination, this wouldn't have happened.
Vanuatu has great potential for development, especially in tourism. It enjoys some of the most stunning scenery, extraordinary Landscapes, and cultural attractions in the world. China remains the world's biggest market in outbound tourism with nearly 150 million outbound visit made by Chinese travellers in 2018. I believe that with the Deeping cooperation on civil aviation between China and Vanuatu, there will be more facilitation for Chinese people to choose Vanuatu--the paradise island as their destination. As Chinese Ambassador, I will continue to work with the Vanuatu Government to further strengthen connectivity and cooperation on all fronts and promote China- Vanuatu Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a higher level bringing more tangible to the two peoples.