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Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination




Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination

2024-06-11 11:36 Last Updated At:16:07

China is ready to deepen coordination and cooperation with Iran in regional and international affairs, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday while meeting with Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, expressed condolences once again over the unfortunate deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash.

Wang said that during the current period, the Iranian nation has undergone a significant test. As a comprehensive strategic partner, he said, China supports the Iranian government and people in adhering to their established domestic and foreign policies, maintaining independence, sovereignty, stability, and development, and wishes Iran a successful presidential election.

Wang said that through joint efforts, China-Iran relations have maintained healthy and steady development, benefiting from the long-standing traditional friendship and high-level mutual political trust between the two countries.

Currently, China-Iran relations are at a crucial stage of building on the past and opening up the future, Wang noted, adding that China stands ready to work with Iran to view bilateral relations from a strategic perspective, steer the development course of bilateral relations, solidly advance pragmatic cooperation in various fields, comprehensively deepen coordination in regional and international affairs, and contribute more to regional and world peace and stability.

China will continue to support Iran and Saudi Arabia in improving their relations and achieving lasting good neighborliness and friendliness in the region, he said.

Bagheri Kani, on behalf of the Iranian government, thanked China for expressing condolences over the deaths of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian and for sending a special representative to attend the memorial service.

Bagheri Kani said that Iran is committed to strengthening strategic relations with China, enhancing cooperation in various fields, and continuously achieving new progress in bilateral relations.

In the current international situation, developing good Iran-China relations not only benefits the people of both countries but also is conducive to regional and global peace and stability, as well as building a more fair and reasonable international order and safeguarding the legitimate rights of developing countries, he said.

Iran adheres to the one-China principle and supports China in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.

Iran appreciates China's adherence to multilateralism and its commitment to upholding fairness and justice in international affairs, he noted, adding that unilateralism has reached a dead end, and cannot solve domestic problems, let alone global issues, as is fully proved in the prolonged Gaza conflict.

Iran is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China in international and regional affairs, jointly uphold multilateralism, and seek solutions to global issues, Bagheri Kani said.

The two sides also exchanged views on BRICS cooperation, the Ukraine crisis, and the Iran nuclear issue, among other topics.

Wang welcomed Iran's participation in the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting as a full member for the first time, and expressed willingness to expand strategic coordination with Iran, give full play to the important role of the BRICS mechanism in reforming and improving global governance, further strengthen the influence and voice of the Global South, and promote the formation of a more just and reasonable world order.

Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination

Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination

Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination

Chinese FM says China-Iran ties at critical stage, calls for coordination

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China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

2024-07-14 11:02 Last Updated At:11:37

China and the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu have been enjoying a long-term and close ties since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1982.

Vanuatu gained independence in 1980 after being under the joint sovereignty of France and Britain. Two years later, Vanuatu and China established formal diplomatic relations. The Chinese embassy was built just a few years after that.

Today, China is Vanuatu's second largest trading partner, accounting for about a quarter of the country's imports.

Earlier this month, China donated a new multi-million-dollar presidential palace in a handover ceremony. It's the latest in a series of Chinese aid projects that includes the National Convention Center, and government offices.

"Vanuatu's relationship with China is very important. It's one of our main important relationships we have. Traditionally, we've had very strong relations with Australia. Australia has been our, and I think it still is our main source of development assistance and trade. But more and more China has been coming into that space. China has become much more important as we see the rise of China," said Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Climate Change of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is blessed with a diverse terrain and beautiful scenery.

Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila, home to around 50,000 people, is the country's biggest city. While small in size, it is usually bustling with people, thanks in part to the role tourism plays in this country.

The Republic of Vanuatu sits in the Pacific, about 1,700 kilometers northeast of Australia.

It's a Y-shaped archipelago, consisting of more than 80 islands formed from volcanoes. In fact, there are several active volcanoes, as well as underwater volcanoes in the country. Volcanic activity is described as an ever-present danger. The most recent one took place last year.

The country's geography and location in the Pacific makes it more prone to natural disasters than almost any other places on the planet. That includes the ever present danger of cyclones. Last year, Vanuatu was hit by back-to-back cyclones in just 48 hours, impacting most of the country's more than 300,000 people.

About 80 percent of the population depends entirely on subsistence farming as it is an agriculture-based economy.

People grow and sell tropical fruits and vegetables as their main source of income. Some of the main crops include kava, coconut and coffee.

Like many Pacific islands nations, the beautiful country is being greatly impacted by climate change which includes rising sea-level, coastal erosion and damage from more frequent and more intense severe weather events.

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

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