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President Hu Jintao Meets with Governor General of Papua New Guinea Matane

2006/10/12

On the afternoon of October 12, 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Governor General of Papua New Guinea Paulias Matane at the Great Hall of the People. The two leaders agreed to make concerted efforts to deepen long-term, stable and comprehensive friendly cooperation between the two countries in the new century.

Hu expressed warm welcome for Matane's visit to China on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. He said over the past three decades, bilateral ties have been developing rapidly based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence with frequent exchanges between the leaders, increasing political trust and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation. Bilateral cooperation has achieved fruitful results, bringing tangible benefit to both peoples. The two countries have also kept sound consultation and coordination in international and regional affairs. Papua New Guinea has become China's biggest trading partner among Pacific island countries. Hu expressed appreciation and thanks for the Papua New Guinean government's adherence to the one-China policy and support for China's grand cause of peaceful reunification.

Hu said Papua New Guinea is a country that has great influence among Pacific island nations and plays an important role in regional affairs. China attaches great importance to developing friendly cooperation with Papua New Guinea and remains its trustworthy friend and cooperative partner. China is ready to work with Papua New Guinea to take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as a new opportunity, expand exchanges and cooperation in all areas and promote common development in a bid to push bilateral friendly cooperation to a new level.

Matane said since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, bilateral relations have been developing steadily with positive achievements scored in economic and technological cooperation. The government of Papua New Guinea cherishes its sound cooperative relations with China in all areas and is grateful for China's assistance for its economic and social development over the years. He said his country would do its utmost to develop friendly ties with China, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation on mineral resources, fishery, forestry and agriculture and expand investment cooperation for the benefit of both peoples.

Matane reaffirmed that the government of Papua New Guinea adheres to the one-China policy and this policy will not change.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai, Chinese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Wei Ruixing and other officials attended the meeting.

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