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Phone chats with Xi for Tonga and Solomons leaders

Monday 27 September 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional, Solomon Islands, Tonga

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Phone chats with Xi for Tonga and Solomons leaders
China's President Xi Jinping Photo: China Foreign Ministry

China's President Xi Jinping has held phone talks with the King of Tonga and the prime minster of Solomon Islands in recent days.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both discussions covered expansion of co-operation under China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

In his call with King Tupou VI, Xi said China would continue to carry out agricultural and technical cooperation projects in Tonga.

He is also promising to help Tongan agricultural and fishery products' entry into the Chinese market

In his call with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, they spoke about poverty reduction and development.

As well as deepening pratcical co-operation in various fields, China's government said it welcomed Solomon Islands to use the China International Import Expo and other platforms for promotion of competitive products and expand exports to Chin

Xi also offered both Tonga and Solomon Islands help to enhance their capacity to cope with climate change.

A similar offer was made regarding help with both countries' fight against the COVID-19 within its capacities.

China says its economic and technical assistance to the countries comes "without any political strings attached".