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Chinese President Hu Jintao Meets with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Somare

2008/11/23

On November 22, 2008, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Michael Somare in Lima.

Hu said Papua New Guinea is an influential country in the Pacific island region. China has always attached great importance to developing ties with Papua New Guinea and deems it a good friend and partner of China. Hu said relations between China and the Pacific island country have maintained a sound momentum of development since the two countries established diplomatic ties 32 years ago. Bilateral ties have entered a new stage of rapid development in recent years. The two countries have frequently exchanged high-level visits, continued to deepen mutual political trust and steadily broadened cooperation in such fields as trade, agriculture, culture, education and health care, Hu said. China and Papua New Guinea have also conducted close consultation and coordination in international and regional organizations including the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), said the Chinese president. The relations between the two countries have become a model for China’s relations with Pacific island countries, he added.

Hu said the Chinese government would continue to encourage and support Chinese enterprises' investment in Papua New Guinea and provide economic and technical assistance within its ability to the island country to help it build up capacity of independent development. He also pledged that China will do more things to support Papua New Guinea’s national construction and economic and social development. "China is willing to join hands with Papua New Guinea to show mutual political respect, offer mutual economic support and strengthen communication and cooperation in multilateral affairs, in a bid to consolidate bilateral traditional friendship and push the ties to a new level," He said.

Somare said his country’s relations with China have made continuous headway since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1976. The areas of bilateral cooperation have been expanding, bringing new hope to both sides. China is currently the third largest trading partner and investor of Papua New Guinea. He appreciated China's support and aid to his country in investment, infrastructure construction, medical health and overseas students. Papua New Guinea now enjoys social stability and sound development. Papua New Guinea welcomed Chinese companies' investments and cooperation in energy and resources, the prime minister said, adding that China's economic and technological support to South Pacific countries is very important for the region's development. South Pacific countries are thankful for China’s assistance and hope that both sides will enhance the building of China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development & Cooperation Forum to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation.

Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.

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