Briefing of Relations between China and Vanuatu
I. Bilateral Political Relations
China and Vanuatu established diplomatic relations on March 26, 1982. In 1989, China set up embassy in Vanuatu. In recent years, high-level contacts between China and Vanuatu included: Liu Yunshan, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Head of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee (in September 2003) and Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan (in March 2007) visited Vanuatu respectively; Vanuatuan President Kalkot Mataskelekele (in July 2007), Prime Minister Ham Lini, (on official visit in February 2005, on vacation in January 2006, and on private visit in August 2007), Speaker of Parliament Sam Dan Avok (February 2008) visited China respectively.
In April 2006, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met the Vanuatuan Prime Minister Lini during attendance of China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum.
II. Cooperation in Tourism
In November 2004, a Memorandum of Understanding regarding tourism plan from China to Vanuatu was singed between China and Vanuatu, and Vanuatu officially became a tourist destination of Chinese citizens.
III. Cooperation in Culture
In July 2002, the Hebei Acrobatic Troupe visited Vanuatu and performed there. In August 2005, the program of CCTV-9 settled in Vanuatu. In June 2007, Chinese Acrobatic and Folk Orchestra Troupe visited Vanuatu; in September, the program of China Radio International settled in Vanuatu.
IV. Cooperation in Education
Since 1995, China provided quotas of scholarships to Vanuatu students for studying in China. In the academic year of 2007/2008, China provided 9 quotas to Vanuatu in studying in China. In 2004, China sent Chinese language teachers to Vanuatu, with two stilly teaching in Vanuatu.
V. Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu: Cheng Shuping
Address: Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Vanuatu, Private Mail Bag: 9071, Port Vila, Vanuatu
VI. Vanuatuan Ambassador to China: Lo Chi Wai
Address: Diplomatic Office Building 3-111, Sanlitun, Beijing
Tel: (008610) 65320337
Fax: (008610) 65320336
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