BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Fiji and Samoa celebrated their 35th anniversaries of diplomatic ties with China Friday in Beijing.
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China-Oceanic Friendship Association (COFA) hosted a reception to mark the event.
About 80 guests from China, Fiji and Samoa, including Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa; Du Qiwen, China's special envoy to the China-Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue; and CPAFFC Vice President Li Xiaolin attended the reception.
When addressing the reception, Li Xiaolin, also the Vice President of COFA said, Fiji and Samoa were the first Pacific nations to establish diplomatic ties with China in 1975. Bilateral communication and cooperation have achieved fruitful results in various fields over the past 35 years.
Fijian ambassador to China and Samoan ambassador to China spoke highly of the development of diplomatic relations with China in recent years in their respective addresses at the reception. They hailed the great achievements in China's economic and social development, and thanked China for unconditional assistance to their countries.