China and Vanuatu are similar in many ways in their struggles for independence — China from foreign domination and foreign aggression and Vanuatu from colonization and foreign rule.

Mr. Ma Hui, the Director General for North America, Oceanian and Nordic Affairs at the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee made the remark in his presentation to the visiting Vanuatu delegation in Beijing Tuesday.

In the presentation that also included interactions from the Vanuatu side, Mr. Ma discussed the rationale of China’s foreign policy, the goals China’s diplomacy is aimed at achieving and how China conducts its foreign policy.

The visitors learned how China came out of a feudal society and the history of the CPC starting with a group of people led by Mao Tse Dung who promised a return of dignity for each individual including land for them to live on, formation of a Red Army and the now famous Long March story of suffering and sacrifice culminating with the overthrow of the government and the rise of the CPC and its governing structure today that has helped propel China from a small economy to second largest in the world today after the United States of America. They also learned about the governing structure of the CPC.

This year is the 95th anniversary of the founding of CPC in 1921, the 8th anniversary from the end of the Long March – 1934-1936, the 6th Plenum of the 18th Central Committee held on October 24-27, 2016 and the 19th National Congress of CPC in the second half of 2017 to elect the new leadership.

The 13 Members of the Vanuatu Parliament who received their invitation for the visit based on memberships and positions in their political parties and the parties’ relations with the CPC got the first taste Tuesday afternoon of what they all believed they came for – discussions on one-to-one level or as a group with CPC to learn more about the party, its structure and operation.

They were pleased to finally get to hear about the CPC from one of its very senior office holder, who looks after the Pacific islands and who has visited Vanuatu twice before. But they add that they have seen criticisms about their visit here from sections of the public and even though they did not receive a single vatu from the Vanuatu taxpayers or an allowance from Government they are happy to be working to serve the people and the nation.

Due to other commitments by the leader of the delegation and Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman, the second senior member, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Johnny Koanapo, led the Vanuatu MPs in their meeting with Mr. Ma and the discussions continued in the evening at a welcoming dinner hosted by the Director General.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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