Vice President Yosiwo P. George Visits Guangdong, China
Press Release #1611-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
November 16, 2016

The Honorable Vice President Yosiwo P. George visited China’s Guangdong Province from October 26-31, 2016 to attend the 2016 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo in Dongguan on October 27 and the Production Capacity Cooperation and Innovative Development Forum in Guangzhou on October 28.  Both events are part of the Central Government’s Belt and Road initiative aimed to revitalize and integrate China’s economy with economies abroad.  This is the third year that the Maritime Silk Road Expo has been hosted in Guangdong province.  It has become an effective platform in enhancing cooperation and exchanges between Guangdong province and countries along the Maritime Silk road.

The 2016 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo received strong support from 73 participating countries and regions, of which 39 national pavilions were set up in the exhibitions halls.  The 2016 Expo attracted 1,500 enterprises from China and abroad, and has contributed to the strengthening of the economic and trade ties with Guangdong Province.

Prior to the opening of the Production Capacity Cooperation and Innovative Development Forum that was held in Guangzhou on October 28, Vice President George spoke on behalf of the delegations of foreign dignitaries in the meeting with the Honorable Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong.  Vice President George extended congratulations to Guangdong province for the hosting of the Expo and Forum.  He also acknowledged
the opportunities that exist through the Maritime Silk Road initiative and looked forward to the benefits for win-win situations for all. 

At the regional level, Vice President George thanked Governor Zhu for the role that his province has played in the engagements of China with the Pacific Islands.  He noted the success from the second China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum held in Guangzhou in November of 2013 and encouraged Guangdong and the Pacific Islands to continue to build on that momentum to further enhance cooperation in the areas of investment, trade, and tourism.  Vice President George assured Governor Zhu that the Pacific was eager to work with Guangdong province to ensure that the 21st century Maritime Silk Road can benefit and conveniently connect China to the Pacific region.  Also present at the meeting was Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Honorable Joe Natuman.

In addition to the Expo in Dongguan and the Forum in Guangzhou, Vice President George also visited Zhongshan.  The Zhongshan municipality is famous for its thriving private sector and for being the home of
Doctor Sun Yat-sen.  Zhongshan is highly regarded for its lights industry, rosewood furniture industry, and metal hardware industry.  On top of these key industries, Zhongshan is also noted for its education, health, fisheries, and tourism sectors. 

In Zhongshan, Vice President George was hosted by Mayor Jiao Lansheng.  A meeting took place between the two leaders where both sides reaffirmed their hopes for more cooperation.  Zhongshan has already been engaging the FSM states of Yap and Pohnpei through high level technical and cultural exchanges.  Both Governors of Yap and Pohnpei have lead delegations to Zhongshan and vice versa.  The Vice Mayor of Zhongshan visited Yap and Pohnpei in May 2016. 

During the meeting with Vice President George, Mayor Jiao noted his Government’s interest to cooperate with the FSM in the area of education, health, tourism and sports.  The Mayor also reported on the previous visits of his Vice Mayor to the FSM and further stated that he will also dispatch officials from his key departments to visit the FSM to further identify potential areas that the two sides can cooperate on.  Vice President George expressed his appreciation to Mayor Jiao for all the support and interest to cooperate with the FSM.  In addition to the potential areas of cooperation that Mayor Jiao identified, the Vice President also recommended that fisheries and aquaculture be considered too since both the FSM and Zhongshan attach high value to marine resources.

Vice President George’s visit to China has further enhanced the strong relationship that exist between FSM and China.  The Christian administration values its relationship with China and encourages more high level exchanges, as well as people-to-people exchanges to further contribute to the enhancement of the overall bilateral relationship between FSM and China.

The members of the Vice President’s delegation included
Second Lady Mrs. Antilise W. George, Ambassador Carlson D. Apis, Special Assistant Herman Semes, Jr. and DCM Vincent Sivas.

For further information, contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph: (86)1065324708 or e-mail address:  embassy@fsmembassy.cn