Chinese Officials Visit FSM

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

FSM Information Services Palikir, Pohnpei

January 5, 2015

A delegation comprised of four members from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China visited the FSM on Dec. 22-25, 2014.

The delegation was headed by Fang Qiuchen, deputy director general of the Department of American and Oceanian Affairs. The delegation’s visit to the FSM was at the request of President Manny Mori during the Second China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum in Guangzhou, China in Nov. 2013. The purpose of their visit was to discuss the possibility of establishing a Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade between FSM and China to promote and enhance economic and trade relations.On the morning of Dec. 23, 2014, the Chinese delegation paid a courtesy on President Mori. The delegation explained that the visit was an indication of China’s positive response to the president’s request for more periodic meetings to discuss development cooperation between the two countries. Mori thanked the delegation members for their positive response and encouraged them to work closely with the relevant FSM departments to formalize the creation of the joint commission soonest.

Following the courtesy call, the delegation had a joint meeting with officials of the FSM Departments of Foreign Affairs, Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, Resources and Development, Finance and Administration and the statistics office.

The two sides held discussions on establishing the China-FSM Joint Economic and Trade Commission and mechanism and agreed on the content of the memorandum of understanding which will be signed when the first commission meeting convenes in March 2015. The MOU will include guiding principles, contents, leading agencies, composition of members, level and the meetings of the commission. The MOU will take effect as of the date of its signature and will remain valid for 10 years.

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