On 18 October 2013, Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), held talks at the Great Hall of the People with National Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Zhang Dejiang said that PNG is one of the first Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to establish diplomatic relationship with China. Over the 37 years since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, bilateral relations have enjoyed remarkable development with fruitful cooperation in all fields. China views PNG as a good friend and a good partner in the Pacific island region. China is ready to work with PNG to continue to respect and trust each other in the political field, to cooperate with each other for mutual benefit in the economic field and to support each other in multilateral affairs so as to push for unceasing development of bilateral relations and to better benefit both peoples. China appreciates the PNG government and National Parliament for the long-time adherence to the one-China policy.
Zhang Dejiang said that the PNG National Parliament actively supports the PNG government for developing relations with China and is an important promoting force for developing bilateral relations. The PNG is an important trade partner of China in the Pacific island region. Hope the PNG National Parliament will continue to create a favourable legal environment for boosting bilateral economic and trade cooperation so as to push for smooth development of practical cooperation between the two countries.
Zhang Dejiang said that exchanges and cooperation between legislative bodies are important part of state-to-state relations. The NPC of China and the PNG National Parliament have carried out sound exchanges and cooperation in recent years. The NPC of China is ready, based on the principle of mutual respect, equality and friendly coexistence, to further consolidate and develop inter-parliamentary friendly cooperative relations, to strengthen friendly exchanges at all levels and to enhance mutual understanding and friendship in order to contribute more to promoting healthy and stable development of the relations between the two countries.
Zurenuoc said that China is a reliable good friend and an important cooperative partner of PNG. PNG will abide by the one-China principle. The PNG side will strengthen legal construction, improve investment environment, attract Chinese businesses to invest and develop in PNG, protect the safety of life and property as well as legal interests of Chinese businesses and personnel in PNG and expand practical cooperation in all fields. He expressed that the PNG National Parliament attaches great importance to developing relations with the NPC of China and looks forward to further enhancing exchanges and cooperation between the two parliaments.