A new set of stamps has been released by Vanuatu Post to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Post Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Rasu, and the Chinese Ambassador in Port Vila, Liu Quan, jointly launched the First Day Cover and the new stamps at the Golden Port in Port Vila Thursday afternoon.

The Chinese Ambassador said the issuing of the First Day Cover and the stamps were an important part of the activities to celebrate the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vanuatu, adding that China was very proud of this relationship calling it “friendly and strong”.

“I believe both the First Day Cover and the stamps that show the bravery of our two people will be warmly received by our two peoples, as well as tourists visiting Vanuatu,” he added.

As part of the activities to celebrate this milestone in the diplomatic relations, Ambassador Liu announced a scholarship fund for ni-Vanuatu to apply for to study Mandarin at the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus in Port Vila. And he appealed to more ni-Vanuatu to learn to speak Chinese.

“More and more Chinese are coming to Vanuatu and if you can speak Mandarin, it will be very good.”

The First Day Cover and the stamps are a collective effort of Vanuatu Post and China Post working together on the project from the beginning of this year.

One stamp with a value of Vt60 features the “Darwz”, a traditional folk-custom from Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. While the other stamp with a value of Vt100 features the “Naghol”, the very famous traditional folk-custom ceremony from Pentecost, Vanuatu.

“Although these two folk-customs are held thousands of miles apart, they share the same spirit. That is courage, courage in facing challenges,” the Chinese Ambassador said.

“There has been three joint issues of stamps in the past which Vanuatu Post did jointly with one People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Embassy in Port Vila – one in 2002, the 20th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between China and Vanuatu, the second in 2007 for the 25th anniversary and 2012 for the 30th anniversary. At that time, one stamp featured and Chinese panda bear while the other a pig from Vanuatu,” VP CEO Rasu said.

Vanuatu government representative at the ceremony, George Iapson, First Political Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman said China was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the new nation of Vanuatu.

“And we have enjoyed very fruitful relations over these years, which continue to grow, and we look forward to many more years of fruitful relations,” he added.

He congratulated China and Vanuatu Post for the release of the two stamps and the First Day Cover.

The stamps featuring the traditional arts of China and Vanuatu are already available for sale at the post offices throughout Vanuatu, as collectibles from stamp agents worldwide, and are destined to be used on mail to locations around the world.

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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