The first Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China accredited to Solomon Islands, Li Ming, has arrived in Honiara last night in the direct flight from China to Honiara.
A statement from the PRC Embassy in Honiara said Ming was warmly received by senior SIG officials, local Chinese community and Embassy staff at the airport.
On his arrival, Li Ming said that it is his great honor and pleasure to serve as the first ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China accredited to Solomon Islands.
“The establishment of diplomatic ties between the Peoples Republic of China and Solomon Islands in 2019 has ushered in a new era for bilateral relations. Since the inception of the diplomatic relationship between China and Solomon Islands, the bilateral relationship had been off to a good start with sound exchanges and fruitful cooperation in various areas. Especially peoples of both countries have been working closely in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
According to the statement, in addition to a number of Solomon Islands nationals stranded in China, Chinese technical team for the construction of 2023 Pacific Games stadium projects and relevant Chinese company staff arrived in Honiara together with Ambassador Li via the same flight, bringing along cordial greetings and friendship from the Chinese people towards the Solomon Islands people.
The statement said Li Ming looks forward to working together with all walks of life of Solomon Islands, in a bid to follow through on consensus reached by leaders of the both countries, as well as supporting each other in prevailing over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hopefully, deepened cooperation and cemented friendship between China and Solomon Islands will contribute to a speedy and sustained growth of bilateral relations, and enhance the wellbeing of Chinese and Solomon Islands peoples,” he said.
The Solomon Islands side warmly welcomed H.E. Ambassador Li Ming’s arrival, and pledged everything possible to support and facilitate his diplomatic tour of duty in Solomon Islands.
The Chinese Ambassador is quarantined at the Heritage Park Hotel.