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China-donated equipment handed over to Cook Islands
2015/02/01


Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna (L) shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong (C) at the handover ceremony in the biggest island of the Cook Islands, Rarotanga, Jan. 28, 2015. Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna said Wednesday that the newly arrived heavy machinery equipment and pearl farming equipment, both donated by the Chinese government, will help with the infrastructure and economic development of outer islands. (Xinhua/Wang Yina)

RAROTANGA, Cook Islands, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna said Wednesday that the newly arrived heavy machinery equipment and pearl farming equipment, both donated by the Chinese government, will help with the infrastructure and economic development of outer islands.

Puna and his cabinet held a handover ceremony for the equipment in Avarua on Wednesday (local time) in the biggest island of the country, Rarotanga.

Puna said he believed that the equipment is a symbol of the special relationship between China and the Cook Islands. He mentioned on the ceremony that the equipment will be shipped to outer islands and urged local authorities to use the equipment to improve the living conditions in outer islands.


Ambassador Wang Lutong attends the handover ceremony.

Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong flied from New Zealand to join the ceremony. Wang said both patches of the equipment are most needed in Cook Islands.

"Infrastructure has always been crucial for the social and economic development in the Cook Islands, especially in some outer islands. The Cook Islands are also blessed with the production of black pearls, an important source of income for the hard working pearl farmers," said Wang.

Wang said that the equipment would play "a positive and significant role" in the Cook Islands.

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