Mr. Siamelie Latu, the Kingdom of Tonga’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China, visited JAAS on January 11, 2013. JAAS Vice President Lu Xiaoxi received him.
The Kingdom of Tonga is a sovereign state and an archipelago comprising 176 islands scattered in the southern Pacific Ocean. It covers an area of 699 km², and is near Fiji and New Zealand. It established diplomatic relations with China on November 2, 1998. Tonga’s development mainly relies on agriculture, which is one of its three mainstay industries.
VP Lu warmly welcomed Mr. Ambassador and briefly introduced JAAS to him. Mr. Ambassador spoke highly of the achievement of JAAS and wished JAAS could admit Tonga’s overseas students, especially in horticulture and biotechnology, two underdeveloped areas of Tonga. He also wished to carry out communication and cooperation with JAAS in agricultural technology. Mr. Ambassador stressed that the government of Tonga has always attached great importance to exchanges between people. Officials from the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government suggested that both sides look for relative government funds to embark on mutual cooperation. Accompanied by VP Lu, Mr. Ambassador also had a guided tour to Zijin Ecological Garden and JAAS Exhibition Hall.