Comoros - China Relations
The Comoros is roughly strategically located in the mouth of the Mozambique Channel in the western Indian Ocean roughly 200 miles east of Mozambique and 200 miles northwest of Madagascar. The islands lack good harbors for ships. A lack of good harbor facilities in the Comoros archipelago make transportation and communication difficult.
China was among the first few foreign countries to establish an embassy in Comoros. Ever since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries on November 13, 1975, it has seen a smooth development of friendly and cooperative relations of the two countries. Friendly and cooperative relations between the People's Republic of China and the Union of Comoros continued to grow steadily. The two countries maintained the momentum of political exchanges. The two countries kept a good momentum for their cooperation in culture, education and health.
The two countries signed agreement for economic and technological cooperation. Starting from 1976, China began to provide the Comoros with all kinds of aid. Up to now, the aids provided by China for Comoros include the water-supply project at NioumakÚlÚ, people's palace, government office building, presidential mansions and TV and broadcasting building and so on. In 2002, the Sino-Comoros trade value reached a total amount of 760,000 in the US dollars, all being exports from China.
On January 18, 2011, Wang Leyou, Chinese Ambassador to the Union of Comoros, Wang said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Comoros 35 years ago, the two countries had continually strengthened cooperation in various fields and achieved remarkable successes that brought benefit to peoples of the two countries. Not long ago, the Chinese and Comoros governments signed an Agreement on Economic and Technology Cooperation for 2011 that would continue the cooperation in the traditional fields including medical care and education under the framework of the New Eight Principles on African Aid of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
China is willing to work with Comoros in a number of fields, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said 12 May 2016 when meeting his Comoran counterpart, Abdoulkarim Mohamed. Wang hailed the development of bilateral relations between China and Comoros, an island country in the Western Indian Ocean, since the two countries forged diplomatic relations in 1975. Both ministers were in the Qatari capital for the 7th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum.
Wang said China stands ready to work with Comoros to implement the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Comoran counterpart, Ikililou Dhoinine, at their meeting last December in Johannesburg during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to cooperate in infrastructure, health, energy, the marine economy and fisheries.
Mohamed, for his part, thanked China for its sincere assistance to Comoros. Comoros, he said, is the first African country to adopt Chinese digital television standards and that China-developed artemisinin, a traditional Chinese medicine-based drug, has played an important role in eradicating malaria in the country. He said Comoros will continue to steadfastly support China on issues concerning its sovereignty.
President Ikililou said that China - Comoros friendship had been engraved on his mind since he was young. As Vice-President, Ikililou had visited China twice and was highly appreciative of the economic construction and development format in China. During the two visits, he discussed medical care and fishery cooperation with relevant Chinese departments. He is pleased to find that cooperation in various fields between China and Comoros is full of vigour with tremendous potentialities in the new period.
Chinese President Xi Jinping called on China and Comoros to enhance economic cooperation while meeting with his Comorian counterpart Ikililou Dhoinine on 05 December 2015. Xi told Dhoinine on the sidelines of a China-Africa summit that China, a firm supporter of Comoros' drive to develop its economy and improve people's livelihood, encourages its companies and financial institutions to participate in Comoros' development and expand cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, energy and fishery. Calling on the two sides to strengthen political mutual trust and practical cooperation, Xi said the Chinese side is willing to promote cooperation with Comoros in an all-round manner.
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