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China in Pacific for common development: Chinese vice FM


12:04, September 01, 2012

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai firmly rejected suggestions Thursday that China's assistance to developing Pacific countries was aimed at furthering China's own interests.

In a press conference with mainly foreign journalists, Cui refuted suggestions that China was out to extend its influence or to "compete" with the United States in the Pacific.

"We are here in this region not to seek any particular influence, still less dominance. We are here to work with the island countries to achieve sustainable development because both China and the Pacific island countries belong to the ranks of developing countries," said Cui.

"China's assistance to other developing countries is in the framework of south-south cooperation so our origin, our policy approach and our practice are very different from those of the traditional donor countries," he said.

China's long tradition of helping other developing countries stretched back to the 1950s and 1960s when China itself was much poorer than now.

"When we were declining any foreign assistance at the time, we had already started to help other developing countries and we believe developing countries have to help each other in order to achieve common development," said Cui.

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