10 Jul 2007

China and Vanuatu develop closer links

7:48 pm on 10 July 2007

China has pledged further co-operation with Vanuatu in a meeting between the two countries' heads of state in Beijing.

Vanuatu's President Kalkot Mataskelekele is on a six-day visit to China.

China's Xinhua news agency reports that the Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged to enhance cooperation with Vanuatu and other countries in the Pacific.

Mr Hu encouraged Chinese entrepreneurs to increase investment in Vanuatu in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, telecommunications and infrastructure.

He expressed appreciation of Vanuatu's adherence to the one-China policy and its opposition to Taiwan's push for independence.

Mr Mataskelekele expressed gratitude to China for its support during Vanuatu's campaign for national independence and the country's construction.

The president hopes to deepen the cooperation with China on agriculture, fishery, and tourism.