7 Mar 2005

Vanuatu's mission to Beijing was to make plain the country's one China policy

7:40 pm on 7 March 2005

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Ham Lini, has netted increased aid from China after a trip to reassure Beijing the country has a clear one China policy.

It follows a row last year when the previous Prime Minister, Serge Vohor, tried to establish links with Taiwan.

This prompted a successful vote of no confidence which brought Mr Lini to power.

Beijing has agreed to expand contacts and has granted Vanuatu more aid, much of which will go towards budget support.

China has also agreed to more contacts in areas such as culture, tourism, health, education and human resources development.

But Mr Lini's spokesman, George Bogiri, says the trip had one key goal.

"the whole idea of travelling there was to reiterate to the Government officials in China and the people of China that Vanuatu, since establishing diplomatic relations with China in 1982, it will also stand with the One China Policy."