Tongan Speaker attends International Day of Peace Commemoration in China


Tonga’s Parliament Speaker Lord Tuʻivakano attended the 2016 Commemoration for the International Day of Peace in Yinchuan, Ningxia, China on Friday 23.

He was greeted and welcomed by H.E. Mr. Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China and distinguished guests from over 33 countries around the world.

In a speech during the ceremony the Lord Speaker said:“despite our geographical locations, the differences in the sizes of our military or economies or the types of government in our countries, we all share the same prayers and visions of living in a peaceful and sustainable world and leaving behind a peaceful, safe and prosperous planet for our children and future generations to come.

The Lord Speaker discussed with Vice President Li Yuanchao the future of the diplomatic relationship of the two countries after the ceremony.

A statement from the Chinese embassy in Tonga said: “Ningxia, located in the northwest of China, has started the good cooperation with Tonga since 2012 and established friendly relationship with Vava’u in August 2014.

“Last year, Tonga Parliament and Government Delegation, jointly led by Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Lord Tu’iafitu, Deputy Speaker of Tonga, also paid a visit to Ningxia and learned about the development of renewable energy, tourism and poverty reduction”.

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