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Niue wants China’s ‘most favoured nation’ status
By Ritesh Kumar
5:33 pm GMT+12, 24/10/2008, Niue
Niue’s Premier Toke Talagi wants China to grant the small Pacific Island country the “most favoured nation status for Chinese tourists,” reports Pacific Magazine

Mr Talagi said during the 34th Constitution Celebrations in Niue early this week that he will make a formal presentation to Beijing requesting the recognition

Guests at the national celebration included the new Chinese ambassador based in Wellington Zhang Limin. He was in Niue with his delegation to present his credentials after doing so in the Cook Islands.
 
Mr Talagi said that the friendship Niue and China developed over the years had been based on mutual friendship and common purpose and will endure over the coming years strongly based on their one China policy.

“History will note though that China is the first country to recognise Niue diplomatically formally and I thank the Chinese Government for that honour. I acknowledge the former Premier Hon Young Vivian and his Government who initiated and finalised these arrangements in December last year.”

In Niue, the Chinese government has so far funded airport developments, housing and asbestos re-roofing as well as the recent Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting.

“We believe that Niue must build its international profile with those countries like China who wish to formalise diplomatic ties. We will be making announcements of further diplomatic ties with other friendly countries in the coming months,” Mr Talagi said.   

If Niue is granted ‘a most favoured nation’ by China, movements between the two countries will increase, including tourism.

Mr Talagi said his country needs to build more accommodation of a quality which will help them grow even more in the future.

“But we will also need to develop our tourism industry in all its facets so we can fully take advantage of the benefits from this growth. Our objective is to build up to 200 rooms and increase tourism numbers to 10,000 per annum.
“This will mean jobs for the builders, plumbers, tourism workers which will trickle through to the small and large businesses on the island. It will also help our market stallholders improve their sales. In other words the private sector will be given every opportunity to grow and develop the economy.”

Source: PACNEWS/PACIFIC MAGAZINE

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