The two countries recently celebrated 20 years’ of diplomatic relations.
China’s President Xi Jinping and His Excellency Tom Marsters, the Queen’s Representative to the Cook Islands, exchanged congratulatory messages.
In his message, Marsters acknowledged that the two countries have witnessed significant progress – political trust has significantly deepened, increased people-to-people and cultural exchanges and China-Cook Islands economic and technological partnership agreement have yielded impressive returns.
Xi echoed Marsters’ message and hoped to further solidify China-Cook Islands strategic partnership in various fields.
Chief executive officer of the international ship registry MCI, Glenn Armstrong, said China’s shipping market is known internationally to have expanded at a rapid pace.
He said the established alliance between Cook Islands and China therefore allows MCI to tap on the significantly large economic opportunities present in the Chinese market.
“Twenty years is a special moment given how different the two countries are – not just in terms of population size but also in culture and language,” Armstrong said.
“But despite the differences, it is important to highlight China’s support throughout the years in helping Cook Islands achieve greater international exposure for the Pacific.
“Much has been achieved for the past 20 years and we hope there are many more of such occasions that this relationship will witness.”
- Rashneel Kumar/MCI