CCTV news(news news):President Xi Jinping held the ceremony in the north hall of the Great Hall of the People on the afternoon of 6, and welcomed the state visit of the President of the Republic of Kiribas to China.


President Xi Jinping's wife, Peng Liyuan, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Committee, Yang Jiechi, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Ji Bingxuan, State Councilor Wang Yi, and Vice-Chairmen of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, He Lifeng and Liu Xincheng, attended the welcoming ceremony.


Xi pointed out that at the beginning of the new year, the world's good news and bad news are intertwined and the uncertainty of instability increases. Mr. President's visit to China coincides with the first snow of the New Year in Beijing. There is a saying in China, Ruixue Zhaofeng Nian. We are confident that China's development will be better in 2020.


Xi noted that last September, China and Kiribati resumed diplomatic relations on the basis of the one-China principle, opening a new chapter in the development of relations between the two countries. Mr. President and the Kiribati government have stood on the right side of history and fully demonstrated their strategic vision and political courage, which China highly appreciates. Since the resumption of diplomatic ties, exchanges and cooperation between the two sides have flourished in various fields and at various levels, yielding many early gains. Facts have proved that the resumption of bilateral ties serves the common interests of the two peoples and that the prospects for the development of bilateral relations are broad. Mr. President's visit is an important milestone in the development of China-Kremlin relations. We are ready to work with the two sides to push bilateral relations to a new level and bear more fruits.


Xi stressed that the two sides should deepen political mutual trust. China has always insisted that all countries be equal in size and size, and that all countries respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity and treat each other equally. China adheres to the path of peaceful development, refrains from exercising strong hegemony and interference in the internal affairs of other countries. China respects the independent choice of the development path that conforms to its own national conditions, and is ready to strengthen high-level and high-level contacts and share its experience in governing the country. The two countries signed a joint Belt and Road Memorandum of Understanding and other documents to build a joint Belt and Road initiative and Kiribati 20-year development plan to expand pragmatic cooperation. China is ready to encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Kiribati. China has approved Kiribati as the destination country for Chinese citizens to travel abroad, and the two sides can strengthen cultural exchanges and local cooperation. China is ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with the two sides within the UN and the Pacific Islands Forum and other multilateral mechanisms, and continue to provide support and help the parties in addressing climate change within the framework of South-South cooperation to safeguard the common interests of developing countries.


Mr Ma said the decision to resume diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China was based on trust and confidence in China. The deadline for the resumption of deliveries was not long, but bilateral cooperation had yielded tangible results. I reaffirm our commitment to the one-China policy, respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, support China's one-country, two-system policy and support China's great cause of reunification. Thanks to China's valuable support, it is looking forward to strengthening practical cooperation with China in the fields of economy, trade, investment, tourism, fisheries, education, health and infrastructure. It highly appreciated China's important role in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development, and thanked China for its active efforts in strengthening South-South cooperation, helping Kiribati and other small and medium-sized developing countries accelerate their development and jointly address the challenges of climate change. The two sides are ready to work with China to promote the continuous development of relations between the two countries.