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President Hu Jintao Meets with Papua New Guinean Governor-General

2003/07/31
On the afternoon of July 30, 2003, President Hu Jintao met with PNG Governor-General Silas Atopare at the Great Hall of the People. The two sides held friendly talks.

Hu said that bilateral relations have made continuous progress since China and Papua New Guinea (PNG) forged diplomatic relations. In recent years, exchanges between leaders of the two countries have increased. Exchanges and cooperation in various fields between the two countries have also registered positive achievements. PNG has become China's largest trade partner and investment destination among south Pacific island countries, and the two countries have maintained close cooperation in regional and international affairs.

He said that China had always held that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, should treat each other on an equal footing and in a friendly way. China values its friendly relations with PNG and supports its efforts to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity and develop the national economy. China will, on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, work with PNG to push forward the sound, long-term and steady development of bilateral relations.

He also elaborated on China's principled position on the Taiwan issue and expressed his appreciation for PNG government's attention to its relations with China and its One China policy.

Atopare thanked Hu for the meeting. He spoke highly of the existing friendship between the two countries, and voiced the thanks of the PNG government and people for China's support for PNG's economic development and social progress in the past long years. He said that his country will continue to follow the One China policy firmly and work for the development of bilateral friendship and cooperation.

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