Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion. Malta and China hold First Steering Committee meeting on Medium Term Cooperation Plan: Minister Carmelo Abela meets China State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi – Sign Agreed Minutes.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during an official visit to China and discussed the possibilities of expansion of areas of cooperation between the two countries in the context of the Medium Term Cooperation Plan.
Minister Abela co-chaired the Malta-China Steering Committee with the participation of experts from Malta in the fields of energy, infrastructure construction, financial services, maritime cooperation, aviation, tourism, aquaculture, education, cultural cooperation, broadcasting and film co-production from a range of seven government ministries in Malta.
“This is indeed a historic day”, said Minister Abela in his opening speech, “as we are launching, through this meeting, a new chapter in our relations, which should consolidate our relationship through renewed cooperation in a number of key areas for the mutual benefit of our two peoples.”
Talks on a technical level were held with Chinese counterparts in the spirit of expanding the avenues of continued convergence between Malta and China in the field of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, framing talks in the context of EU-Asian connectivity as well as the China Belt and Road Initiative, under the aegis of which both countries asserted their willingness to support cooperation.
Minister Abela and Minister Wang Yi signed the Agreed Minutes of the Meeting through which they also pledged, among other commitments, to conclude a number of memoranda of understanding in the coming future in the field of bilateral supervisory cooperation in financial services, Blue Partnership, joint research in aquaculture, a Programme for Cultural Exchanges, and exploring more actively the possibility of a direct air link between Malta and China.
During his visit in China, Minister Abela also met with the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Luo Shugang, and together with members of the Maltese delegation discussed areas where both can continue to expand their commercial, cultural and tourism interests.
Minister Abela was guest of honour at the Malta Day activities commemorating the 54th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Malta.
Minister Abela was accompanied on his visit by Ambassador to China Mr John Aquilina and Director General Political Ms Maria Camilleri Calleja.