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Xi Jinping Speaks with King Tupou VI of Tonga on the Phone

On September 24, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with King Tupou VI of Tonga.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Tonga and China, the two countries have deepened political mutual trust and had fruitful exchanges and cooperation in various fields. After the COVID-19 outbreak, China and Tonga have stood together and worked closely to fight against the pandemic. China highly appreciates Tonga's adherence to the One-China policy. In the face of the intertwined consequences of once-in-a-century changes and the global pandemic, China and Tonga must enhance solidarity, coordination and cooperation, push the China-Tonga comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Xi Jinping stressed that China is ready to expand all-round cooperation with Tonga within the framework of the Belt and Road cooperation, offer economic and technical assistance without any political strings attached, continue to carry out agricultural and technical cooperation projects, and provide necessary assistance for Tongan agricultural and fishery products' entry into the Chinese market. China welcomes Tongan enterprises to attend the China International Import Expo and stands ready to help with the country's fight against the COVID-19 within its capacities.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China collaborates with Pacific island countries on a mutually beneficial and win-win basis. China is willing to share poverty reduction experience and deepen development cooperation with Pacific island countries, including Tonga, and help these countries to better cope with major public health events and natural disasters. China will set up a China-Pacific island countries cooperation center for poverty reduction and development, and is prepared to build an emergency supplies reserve for China-Pacific island countries and other projects. China understands the specific concerns of small island developing countries on climate change and will support Pacific island countries in improving their capability to tackle climate change.

King Tupou VI congratulated on the successful completion of the National Games and wishes the Beijing Olympic Winter Games a great success. He said that Chinese medical experts and agricultural and technical experts have played an important role in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic in Tonga and ensuring the country's food security. Tonga is grateful for that. By adhering to the principle of independence and self-reliance and the One-China policy, Tonga will continue to firmly support China on issues concerning its core interests. Tonga supports Pacific island countries in strengthening their relations with China and stands ready to play a positive role in it.

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