The Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Wang Xiaolong, accompanied by three officials, arrived on the island on Monday’s flight this week.
This is the ambassador’s first official trip to Niue and during his course of stay this week, Mr. Xiaolong has been involved in a number of official engagements.
The ambassador’s three officials include Zong Bin and Xu Wan from the political section and Pang Jiansheng from the economic and commercial section.
On Tuesday this week, Mr. Wang Xiaolong met with the Premier Dalton Tagelagi and Cabinet Ministers at Fale Fono II.
During his first official greetings with the Premier and Ministers, H.E. Wang Xiaolong also presented his letter of credentials to the Premier.
Other important engagements that the ambassador has been involved in this week include visiting the National Management Disaster Office, the Niue High School library donating books and bags, the Niue foou hospital, and also meeting with the Director of Utilities Clinton Chapman and Director of Transport Sonya Talagi in regards to the roading project.
This morning, the officials also visited the Broadcasting Corporation of Niue and were able to see the makeshift studios that the corporation has been working in since the fire incident destroyed the studios more than two years ago.
Premier Hon. Dalton Tagelagi, in an email correspondence this afternoon, says that “our relationship with China is very important. Niue and China have enjoyed warm friendly relations for 15 years this year.
“As they have with other countries. And as Niue has warm and friendly relations with other countries, there is no threat to Niue from China or any of these other countries,” says Hon. Tagelagi.
Some of the confirmed projects that Niue is developing with the funding and support from China include the China roading project and the BCN Sekena Tower Maintenance which is tentative for October, says the Premier.
“The above are confirmed, however there are discussions for other potential areas of cooperation.”
“Niue and China will be celebrating 15 years since we formalised diplomatic relations in December 2022. With Border restrictions easing we hope for the roading project to recommence,” says Hon. Tagelagi.
Premier Tagelagi says that “we look forward to our continued and mutually beneficial relationship with the People’s Republic of China.”
“We welcome the Ambassador and his delegations visit this week and hope that they not only enjoy themselves but also gain an appreciation and understanding of Niue and its People,” says Premier Tagelagi.
Today ends their official engagements to the island and the ambassador Wang Xiaolong along with his delegation will depart the island next week Monday.