On the afternoon of May 3, 2018, Ambassador Wu Xi met with the Cook Islands Prime Minister H.E. Henry Puna at the Prime Minister's Office. Also present at the meeting were the Cook Islands Minister of Finance Hon Mark Brown, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Ms. Tepaeru Herrmann, and the Chinese Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Counsellor Huang Yuefeng and Director of the Political Section Zhang Lei.
Ambassador Wu noted that over the past 21 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, bilateral relations have maintained a sound momentum of development with extensive cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples. China appreciates the Cook Islands’ commitment to the one-China policy and would like to work with the Cook Islands to further promote the development of bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect, equality and win-win cooperation, so as to better benefit the two peoples and make positive contributions to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.
Prime Minister Puna noted that regardless of the fact that the Cook Islands and China differ greatly in national conditions, the two countries have always shared mutual respect and equality. The Cook Islands is proud of the development of bilateral relations and appreciates the selfless assistance provided by China, and is keen to work closely with China to further advance bilateral relations by expanding cooperative areas and cultural exchanges. Prime Minister Puna reiterated that the Cook Islands will, as always, firmly adhere to one-China policy.