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Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with His Papua New Guinean Counterpart Somare

2009/04/15

On April 15, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with his Papua New Guinean counterpart Michael Thomas Somare at the Great Hall of the People.

Wen said China and Papua New Guinea, both developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, share broad common interest. Over the years, the two countries have supported and cooperated with each other and forged a profound friendship, which helped promote regional peace, stability and development.

Wen said China is willing to keep high-level contacts and party-to-party exchanges with Papua New Guinea. He hoped that both sides will deepen political trust and remain good neighbors, good partners and good friends forever. China is delighted with the economic and social development of Papua New Guinea and is ready to continue offering assistance within its ability to Papua New Guinea. The Chinese government supports its competitive companies to invest in Papua New Guinea, tap advantages and carry out substantial cooperation with the country based on equality and mutual benefits, Wen said.

Wen emphasized that China supports the reasonable appeals of Pacific island countries including Papua New Guinea on sustainable development, climate change and other issues and supports island countries to participate in international affairs on an equal footing. The current financial crisis had posed greater difficulties to less developed countries including island countries, Wen said, adding China would seriously fulfill its commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. China is ready to strengthen cooperation with relevant countries and help them to get over the difficulties and achieve sustainable development.

Somare applauded the great achievements of bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1976, citing frequent high-level visits, deep mutual understanding and widening cooperation in economic and trade sectors. He said his government and people are grateful to the support and help China offered to Papua New Guinea's economic and social development. Calling China a sincere partner of development and cooperation, Somare said Papua New Guinea attaches great importance to ties with China and will abide by the principles set forth in the joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He also reiterated Papua New Guinea's adherence to the one-China policy.

Somare said Papua New Guinea and China are highly complementary in economy and there is huge potential for their cooperation. He welcomes Chinese companies to invest in Papua New Guinea and expand cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, energy and infrastructure construction. He hopes China could continue its support for Papua New Guinea in diversified areas including education and public health.

Following the talks, the two premiers jointly attended a signing ceremony of a couple of bilateral cooperation documents including the economic and technological cooperation agreement between the two governments.

Prior to the talks, Wen held a welcoming ceremony for Somare’s visit. Vice Chairperson Li Dang of the Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chairman of the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) Zhang Ping and Chinese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Wei Ruixing attended the welcoming ceremony.

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