Xi extends condolences over death of Vanuatu’s president

BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday extended condolences to Vanuatu’s Parliament Speaker and acting President Esmon Saimon over the death of President Baldwin Lonsdale.

Mourning Lonsdale’s death, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, expressed sincere sympathy to the people of Vanuatu and Lonsdale’s family.

The team of representative Vanuatu motorized troops attends a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015.

China regards Vanuatu as a good friend and partner in the Pacific island region and is willing to work with Vanuatu to continue pushing forward bilateral strategic partnership, Xi said in his message of condolences.

Prime Minister Salwai and H.E. Late Womtelo Rev. Baldwin Lonsdale welcoming Ambassador Liu to the new government and thanked the Chinese government for its long-standing support and assistance in economic and social development. He said that the current tile-China relations have developed well and the government will actively cooperate with and support Ambassador Liu Work, is willing to work together with the Chinese side.Photo: vu.chineseembassy.org

Lonsdale died on Saturday in the Pacific island country’s capital of Port Vila. A 10-day national state of mourning has been declared, according to Vanuatu’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade.