Zhou Liujun, vice-chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), held a videoconference with Collin Beck, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of the Solomon Islands, on Sept 29.
Zhou said that this year is the first anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Solomon Islands, and that bilateral ties have developed rapidly. The two sides have overcome various difficulties such as the pandemic and natural disasters, actively implemented the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, jointly promoted the implementation of cooperative projects, and worked together to combat COVID-19.
Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and at different levels got off to a good start and have achieved gratifying results. China stands ready to strengthen communication with the Solomon Islands and continue to deepen cooperation in the field of development to benefit the two countries and their peoples, added Zhou.
Beck thanked the Chinese government for its selfless assistance and support for the country's economic and social development, and spoke highly of the achievements made in bilateral cooperation in various fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Solomon Islands is willing to continue to work closely with China, strengthen coordination, and jointly advance the agreed projects, so as to push the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries to a new level.
The two sides also exchanged views on specific cooperation projects.
After the meeting, Zhou and Mckinnie Dentana, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Solomon Islands, signed relevant agreements via video ink on behalf of the Chinese and Solomon Islands governments.
Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming and Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Jimmie Rodgers attended the meeting.
Zhou Liujun (R), vice-chairman of the CIDCA, holds a videoconference with Collin Beck, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Islands, on Sept 29, 2020. [Photo/CIDCA]