From 5th to 6th March, a delegation led by King Tupeul VI and the Queen visited Dongguan.
At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Tonga's King Tupou VI paid a State Visit to China from 28th February to 8th March. From 5th to 6th March, a delegation led by King Tupeul VI and the Queen visited Dongguan. Mr. Xiao Yafei (Deputy-Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and acting Mayor of Dongguan), met the delegation. Mr. Wang Baodong (Chinese ambassador to Tonga), and city leaders of Dongguan, also attended the meeting.
Xiao Yafei welcomed King Tupou VI and his entourage. Xiao also expressed his condolences on the recent severe hurricane disaster in Tonga and gave well wishes that the people would overcome the disaster and rebuild their homes soon. He said that Dongguan will take the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tonga, following the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang with King Tupou VI, as guidance to further promote communication and cooperation for mutual development and gains.
King Tupou VI said that Dongguan has a profound cultural background and a well-developed high-tech industry. He is pleased to see continued cooperation in various fields between Tonga and Dongguan. He hopes that through this visit, both sides will further enhance cooperation concerning education, tourism and infrastructure.
During the Dongguan visit, King Tupou VI and his entourage visited Keyuan Garden, Huawei Company, Dongguan Institute of Technology, Dongkeng Agricultural Park and several other places, to learn about the economic, social and cultural development in Dongguan. In recent years, cooperation between the two sides has developed rapidly. Pragmatic cooperation has been conducted in various fields such as infrastructure, agriculture, education, culture, health care, and many more fields.
The Kingdom of Tonga is the only monarchy in the Pacific Island region, with the King as head of state. This is the first time King Tupou VI paid a visit to Dongguan as King. In 2004, King Tupou IV (father of Tupou VI) and the Queen visited Dongguan.
(By Nicky Yu, Stefanie Tan and Sev Pischl)
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