China VP meets foreign leaders at BFA annual meet

Beijing

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Saturday met with foreign leaders attending the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), held in the southern island province of Hainan.
During his meeting with Hery Rajaonarimampianina, president of Madagascar, Zhang said that cooperation plans proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opened a new era of win-win cooperation for common development between China and Africa.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Madagascar. Zhang said that China was willing to work with Madagascar to implement the FOCAC results and advance the Belt and Road Initiative through enhanced cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and manufacturing.
Rajaonarimampianina said it was in the interest of both countries to increase cooperation. Hailing China’s role as an engine for global growth, he said China’s support would help with development in African countries, including Madagascar.
Advancing economic globalization and free trade would bring more opportunities for all countries, he said.
During his meeting with Micronesian President Peter M. Christian, Zhang said China was ready to enhance exchanges and mutual trust with Micronesia, and expand cooperation in fisheries, agriculture, tourism, maritime exploration and environmental protection.
China welcomes Micronesia to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, Zhang said. Calling China a “lighthouse of hope” for island countries, Christian said Micronesia appreciated China’s long-term support for his country and would take an active part in the Belt and Road Initiative.
In a meeting with Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Zhang called on the two countries to strengthen connectivity, deepen cooperation on economy and trade, investment, energy and production capacity, and intensify people-to-people exchanges.—Xinhua

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