Kiribati joins Belt and Road

KIRIBATI formalised up to 10 agreements with China "to further elevate cooperation" between the two countries following Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's recent visit to the island.
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President Taneti Maamau

Staff Reporter

The Kiribati government says the deals focus on several areas, including cooperation on the Belt and Road initiative, economic and infrastructure development, livelihood projects, climate change, disaster risk reduction, tourism, protocols on dispatching medical teams, marine transportation and Covid-19 medical supplies.
In a statement, the Kiribati government confirmed discussions with Wang focused on both governments' "aspirations for a mutual sustainable development".
President Taneti Maamau said Wang's visit to Tarawa amid the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated China's commitment to enhancing mutual trust, building consensus, expanding cooperation, and deepening friendship with his country.
The government said Wang's visit was "an important milestone" between Beijing and Tarawa to boost their diplomatic relations.
It added that the trip has also allowed Kiribati to reaffirm its commitment to the One-China principle.



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