THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has assured the government and the people of Solomon Islands of its firm stand to support the country.
Speaking during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of China-Aid SINU Dormitory Buildings Project on Wednesday, the China Ambassador LI Ming said they’re prepared to share their knowledge and experience with Solomon Islands friends.
This also includes providing training opportunities for Solomon Islands athletes, to realize the goal of winning 40 gold medals as hoped by the hon. Prime Minister.
“Hon. Prime Minister, friends, China stands firmly to support Solomon Islands to host the 2023 the Pacific Games,” he said.
He said there is an old saying in China, “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.
“We have made the first step of the project today (Wednesday), and I hope the two sides, SINU, NHA of Solomon Islands, together with management and construction team CSADI and JPC, could work closely with each other and deliver this project on time and in good quality next year, and become a true manifestation of pacesetter of mutually beneficial cooperation and a model of mutual trust between China and Pacific Island Countries,” he said.
Almost three years ago, the Hon. Prime Minister Sogavare paid a historic visit to China.
During that visit the two countries signed an MOU on Economic and Technical Cooperation and reached consensus on several major projects, including 2023 Pacific Games Stadium Project, the biggest China-aid project in the Pacific, the SINU Dormitory Buildings Project which is also Games Village for 2023 Pacific Games as witness yesterday.
By FOLLET JOHN