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Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan Met with New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Foreign Ministers

2002/10/28
On October 24, 2002, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with New Zealand Foreign Minister Philip Bruce Goff.

Tang congratulated Goff again on his re-election. He said that cooperation between China and New Zealand is expanding in all areas as a sound base has been set up after the two countries established formal diplomatic ties 30 years ago. China hopes to work with the New Zealand side to take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to further increase bilateral exchange and cooperation so as to push forward China-New Zealand relations of all-round cooperation in the new century.

Goff said that the friendly and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries has ever been improving and the achievement is quite significant. China has become one of the important trading partners of New Zealand. The government of New Zealand appreciates the important role China has played in international affairs and is willing to intensify cooperation with China.

On the same day, Tang met his counterpart of Papua New Guinea Sir Rabbie Namaliu. Tang spoke highly of the development of relations between the two countries in the past 26 years. He said that in recent years, bilateral high-level visits have been frequent and trade and economic cooperation has achieved good results. Papua New Guinea has become the biggest trading partner for China among the island countries in the South Pacific. Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in cultural, education and military fields are increasingly close.

Tang emphasized that China pays great attention to developing friendly relations with Papua New Guinea and supports the efforts by the Papua New Guinean government in protecting the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity and developing its economy. China would like to further cooperate with Papua New Guinea to promote the sound development of bilateral relations.

Namaliu agreed with Tang on his remarks on the relations between the two countries. He said that the Papua New Guinea government and people thank China for its precious support to Papua New Guinea's economic and social development in the past years. Papua New Guinea will continue to adhere to the One China policy and strengthen effective cooperation with China in all fields.

Before the meeting, Tang also exchanged views with US Secretary of State Powell on Iraq, the Korean Peninsula and other international issues.

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