Kiribati’s President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing seeks closer ties with Kiribati, site of Chinese space tracking station

  • In a meeting in Beijing, Xi Jinping praised Kiribati for switching ties from Taipei, while Taneti Maamau reaffirmed his commitment to the ‘One China’ principle
  • A Chinese diplomat said the sides were pursuing joint ventures, but he did not specify if Beijing would reopen a space tracking station in the Pacific island
Topic |   Pacific nations

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Kiribati’s President Taneti Maamau and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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