Wang Yi to visit South Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit some South Pacific Island countries, including the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste in the coming two weeks, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin announced on Tuesday.
In a statement, the spokesperson said Wang Yi, on invitation, will pay an official visit to eight countries – the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste – from May 26 to June 4.
The Chinese foreign minister will also pay a "virtual visit" to the Federated States of Micronesia, a Western Pacific Island country, and hold talks over video with the prime minister and foreign minister of the Cook Islands and the prime minister and foreign minister of Niue, also island countries in the South Pacific Ocean, according to the spokesperson.
Wang Yi will host the second China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Fiji, added the spokesperson.
The first such meeting was held virtually in October, 2021, and attended by the foreign ministers and representatives of the above-mentioned nine Pacific Island countries.
China and Timor-Leste, a country located in Southeast Asia, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this month.