(Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a written speech at the second China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, calling for joint efforts to build an even closer community with a shared future.

In recent years, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Pacific island countries that features mutual respect and common development has made steady progress and yielded fruitful results, setting a good example for South-South cooperation and mutual benefit, Xi said.

Formally established in October 2021, the mechanism of the China-Pacific island countries foreign ministers’ meeting provides a new and important platform for both sides to strengthen dialogue, enhance mutual trust and promote cooperation, Xi said.

Under Xi’s guidance, China is committed to fostering closer links with Pacific island countries, despite the distance between them, to jointly tackle challenges and seek development opportunities.

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