Department of Foreign Affairs (December 5, 2012): An Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation was signed by Secretary Lorin S. Robert and Ambassador Zhang Lianyun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the FSM, on December 04, 2012 at the FSM Foreign Affairs Conference Room.
The grant aid of RMB 60 million was a token of appreciation by the Chinese Government during President Manny Mori’s recent trip to China in September 2012. Pursuant to the agreement, the grant aid shall be used for project(s) to be agreed upon between the two Governments.
In his brief remarks after the signing, Ambassador Zhang conveyed that the grant aid is a token of appreciation for President Mori’s visit to China -- a Chinese Government tradition honoring a visiting foreign leader. He also stated that China attaches great importance to the Government of FSM’s economic and social development efforts.
Secretary Robert responded by thanking the Chinese Government through Ambassador Zhang and expressed his appreciation for the generous assistance to the FSM with assurance that the assistance will contribute to FSM’s economic and social development efforts.
While assuring the Ambassador, Secretary Robert stressed the FSM’s commitment to its “conscious decision” to honor the “One-China” policy and thanked him for the significant relations their countries have exercised bilaterally and within multilateral engagements.
For further information on this release, please contact Department of Foreign Affairs, APAMA Division at 320-2641.