His Excellency Ambassador Wang Baodong's Speech at the Reception Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between China and Tonga
Your Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu and Honorable Lord Tuita,
Honorable Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva,
Honorable Speaker Lord Fakafanua,
Honorable Ministers of the Cabinet, Nobles of the Realm, Members of the Parliament,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Members of the Chinese Community,
Ladies, gentlemen and friends,
Malo e lelei! Good evening! Today is November 2, the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Kingdom of Tonga, and we get together happily to celebrate this historic date. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Tonga, I hereby extend warm welcome to all of you for your kind presence.
There is a line from a Chinese poem, "Distance cannot separate true friends who feel so close even when they are thousands of miles apart". Although China and Tonga are separated by vast oceans, the friendly interaction between our peoples has a long history. At the end of last century, His Late Majesty King Tupou IV put forward the diplomatic policy of "looking east" for the long-term development of Tonga and made the right decision to sever ties with the Taiwan authorities. On October 26, 1998, His Majesty King Tupou VI, who was then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Tonga visited China, and on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with his counterpart in the Chinese Government. According to the Communique, the two countries mutually recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level from November 2, 1998; the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga solemnly recognizes that there is but one China in the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents the whole China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part the Chinese territory. The realization of diplomatic ties between China and Tonga is a major event of historic significance and is in the common interests of our two countries and two peoples, thus opening a brand new chapter in China-Tonga relations.