On October 21, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
Wang Yi said that China and Pacific Island Countries see their relations develop with a sound momentum and their comprehensive strategic partnership deepens.
Wang Yi said that we respect each other and treat each other as equals. China always respects the Island Countries' development paths that suit their national conditions, sincerely helps in their economic development and improvement of people's lives, and firmly supports their equal-footed participation in regional and international affairs.
We meet challenges together and give hands to each other whenever needed. China always remembers the Island Countries' supports in both words and actions to China's combat against the pandemic, and has done its best to help their fights against the pandemic including donating anti-pandemic materials and vaccines and founding and financing the China-Pacific Island Countries Anti-COVID-19 Cooperation Fund.
We emphasize mutual benefit and common development. China has signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with all the ten Island Countries that have established diplomatic relations with China, and successfully held three China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forums to jointly launch a great number of cooperation projects to boost local development.
We are bosom friends and learn from each other. China has established five Confucius institutes or classrooms in the Island Countries, and sent more than 300 Chinese teachers and volunteers in total. Thousands of young people of the Island Countries have been granted a scholarship for study in China.