Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

President Urusemal strengthens bilateral ties during China visit

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Services): April 8, 2004 - President Joseph J. Urusemal has returned from his official state visit to China at the invitation of President, Hu Jintao.

From March 19 - 25, President Urusemal and his delegation visited China's various wonders and met with top officials of the Government of the People's Republic of China and had a very productive meeting with his Chinese counterpart, President Hu.

During the two Presidents' meeting, President Urusemal praised China's economic growth along with its foreign policy in regional and international affairs and expressed appreciation for China's support of the Federated States of Micronesia in the international and regional arena.

The President thanked the Government of China for its support and cooperation extended through provisions of grant aid assistance, scholarships and technical assistance, which have significantly contributed to the economic and social development of FSM.

He continued that since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1989, China has supported and assisted the FSM in its nation building efforts.

Referencing the Sino-Micronesian relationship, President Hu said it has developed smoothly since the establishment of diplomatic ties. He expressed his appreciation for FSM's adherence to the one-China policy and continued that China is ready to enhance its political trust and economic co-operation with FSM in the new century.

The two governments proceeded to sign an agreement on economic and technical cooperation to provide approximately US $4.8 million in aid to the FSM Government.

Also as a result of the discussions between the two Presidents, the PROC Government intends to explore possible avenues of joint venture between the two countries in the areas of investment and tourism.

The State Visit to China also provided President Urusemal the opportunity to inspect the first of the two FSM vessels being constructed by China. Construction of the vessels is part of the technical assistance program afforded through the two countries' bilateral relations. The first vessel is intended for operations in the State of Chuuk.

Targeted for launch in June 2004, the vessel is slated for presentation to FSM in September of 2004. Construction of the second vessel is expected soon after.

The schedule for President Urusemal and his delegation was timed for his prompt return to the FSM for the 3rd Economic Summit.

President Urusemal's delegation included First Lady, Chuuk Governor Ansito Walter and First Lady of Chuuk, Secretary of Foreign Affairs - Sebastian L. Anefal and other officials of the FSM.

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FSM Office of the President
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