The first Chinese ambassador to Panama, Wei Qiang on October 25 said that the Chinese embassy in Panama would wholeheartedly promote friendly, mutually-beneficial relations and cooperation between Beijing and Panama.
Wei said the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries would have a profound significance in the history.
Panama's geographical advantage makes it an essential hub for global trade, logistics, finance, and transportation. "Chinese government thinks highly of Panama's active attitude towards China's Belt and Road Initiative," he added while assuming the ambassador's office.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Panama’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel Saint Malo sign agreements as Panama and China established formal diplomatic ties in Beijing, China, June 13, 2017. /Xinhua Photo
Maria Luisa Navarro, the vice minister for multilateral affairs and cooperation of Panama also attended the reception.
She said Panamanian government and foreign ministry would offer full support and assistance to the Chinese embassy.
Wei arrived in Panama City on October 20, and he delivered his credentials to the Panama President Juan Carlos Varela on Tuesday.
In mid-November, President Varela will make an official visit to China.
China and Panama established diplomatic relations in June after Panama severed links with China's Taiwan.