China beefs up ties with FSM via science diplomacy

China is seeking to strengthen its ties with the Federated States of Micronesia through science diplomacy.

FSM officials and Chinese diplomats gathered on Jan. 4 aboard China’s research vessel KeXue, marking the first in a series of events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

“This research vessel is the platform for researchers to address the world’s most pressing marine science issues,” said Prof. Wang Fan, director of Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Oceanology, which operates KeXue.

FSM Foreign Affairs Secretary Robert and Ambassador Huang review the RV KeXue’s log. Photo courtesy of FSM Information Service

“In recent years,” Wang added, “as both the FSM and China have continued to score new progress in economic and social development, and as we go forward with more bilateral exchanges to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, this ship can help us to continue to strengthen our connectivity under the China-Pacific Framework to carry out exchanges in marine science research and ocean protection, aquaculture and cooperation.”