China and Papua New Guinea Strengthen Relations

As part of the?APEC Economic Leaders? Week, that culminated with the Leaders? Summit, the?Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O?Neill CMG MP,?met with a number of other regional?leaders in series of bilateral meetings.

PM O?Neill met?with China?s President, H.E.?Xi Jinping, in The Great Hall of the People in Beijing where the two?sides discussed a range?of issues of mutual interest.

In the discussion, PM O?Neill highlighted the?warmth of the relationship between the two countries and made the point that?Papua New?Guinea maintains strong support for China in the Pacific region.

?Papua New Guinea and China have a warm?relationship and we expect this will only continue to strengthen,? the Prime?Minister said?after the bilateral meeting.

President Xi expressed his ongoing interest in?the deepening relations with Papua New Guinea in areas that include cultural?and?educational exchange.

The Prime Minister further thanked President?Xi for China?s support in Papua New Guinea being selected to host the APEC process?in?2018 that will conclude with the APEC Leaders Summit.

China has offered to look at how further?support might be provided to Papua New Guinea in preparation for hosting APEC?in 2018.

The Leaders discussed ongoing business?cooperation between Papua New Guinea and China that now includes the shipment?of LNG as?well as more traditional trade including agriculture and fisheries?products, and a number of resources projects.

In closing, China?s President asked the Prime?Minister to convey his warm greetings to Papua New Guinea?s Governor General,?Sir?Michael Ogio.

Accompanying the Prime Minister were?Foreign?Minister, Hon Rimbink Pato MP; Trade and Industry Minster, Richard Maru MP;?Minster?for National Events, Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP; and senior government?officials.