The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, welcomed China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zheng Zeguang, yesterday.
The Vice Minister is leading a delegation from China in the country to meet with a host of government officials – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi – to discuss the relationship between the two nations.
At Tuaefu yesterday, Mr. Zeguang was welcomed during an ava ceremony.
During their discussion, Mr. Zeguang paid tribute to the work of the Head of State.
“We remember that you were in China when we had the Beijing Olympic Games and you’ve been working so hard for the development of Samoa and the betterment of everyone’s lives here,” he said.
“Not only that but in promoting mutual understanding of the friendship with China and Samoa.”
The Vice Minister assured that China’s goal is to promote peace in the world and help their friends.
“Our relationship was first established under your leadership in 1975 and I am very proud and we will continue this relationship.
“We highly appreciate it.”
In welcoming Mr. Zeguang, His Highness Tui Atua said Samoa and China share a very special bond.
“I am a great fan of your country,” His Highness Tui Atua said.
“Samoa and China have enjoyed a friendly and fruitful relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
“We appreciate the assistance of your government through the development... in this spirit we look forward to working closely with your government in the future.”
Mr. Zheng Zeguang is the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Areas of responsibility in Policy planning, North America and Oceania.
Born in Guangdong Province, Mr. Zheng is married with a son.