His Excellency Wang Xiaolong is also Ambassador to New Zealand and Niue and will replace former Ambassador Wu Xi. PHOTO/CHINESE EMBASSY/22011418
China’s new ambassador to the Cook Islands arrived in Wellington, New Zealand this month.
Excellency ambassador Wang Xiaolong is also the ambassador to New Zealand and
Niue and will replace former ambassador Wu Xi.
Working Copies of Letters of Credence respectively to the New Zealand Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Cook Islands High Commission on Friday,
statement published on the Chinese Embassy's website, Wang said China has
become a good friend and partner to the Cook Islands and Niue.
He went on
to say the relationship is one that features “mutual affinity and
Islands, Niue, and China have become good friends and good partners in evolving
relationships that feature affinity and mutual understanding, the spirit of
navigating together (Turou Hawaiiki), mutual respect and common development.”
the Cook Islands will celebrate 20 years of formal diplomatic relations next
countries have celebrated a number of milestones including back in 2004 when the
Chinese government provided relief assistance to the Cook Islands when it was
battered by tropical cyclones.
time the Republic of China also helped with the construction of new buildings
for the Ministry of Justice and the Cook Islands Police Department and provided
financial assistance to support growth in various sectors including Agriculture
China has also
shown its support by attending important and annual events. In 2014 previous ambassador
Wang Lutong attended the tripartite water project launching ceremony and in
2015 attended the country’s Constitution Day 50th Anniversary celebration.
both countries have enjoyed a steady momentum of political exchanges, with
economic and technological advancements between the two countries moving
China highly values its relations with the Cook Islands and hopes that both
countries can enhance, expand and consolidate their friendship.
highly values the relations with the Cook Islands and Niue and would like to
work with the two countries to enhance political trust, expand practical
co-operation, and consolidate the people-to-people friendship.”
He went on
to say that working together would “deepen the comprehensive strategic
partnership with them featuring mutual and respect and common development”.
Wang is the
fourth Chinese ambassador appointed to the Cook Islands after the previous
ambassador Wu Xi left late last year.
He has previously
held roles in the economic department of China's foreign affairs department and
helped with China's participation in the Covax Covid-19 vaccination scheme, to which
it pledged to donate more than 100 million doses of its domestically-made