CHINESE NAVY SHIPS VISIT PORT VILA IN PACIFIC

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Two warships on ‘goodwill’ tour of Pacific allies

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Pacific Islands Report, Aug. 31, 2010) – According to the People’s Daily Online, two Chinese Navy ships have arrived on Port Vila Vanuatu for a four-day visit to establish good relations and build on military cooperation.

The report states that the navy ships Zhenghe and Mian Yang, with hundreds of soldiers on board were invited by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Edward Natapei to mark Vanuatu’s 30th anniversary of independence and thus continuing the diplomatic ties that were established in 1982.

The Chinese ships, which recently visited Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, are on an unprecedented "goodwill" tour of their Pacific allies. They plan to stop in Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.

Xinhua net reported separately that during the 22nd Pacific Islands Forum’s Post Forum Dialogue meeting, Chinese vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai stressed that he was ready to "maintain high-level exchanges, deepen economic and trade cooperation, and further strengthen cooperation with the Pacific Islands regional organizations."

The Post Forum Dialogue Meeting was focused on the global economy, climate change, sustainable development, and assistance.

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