The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has reaffirmed Papua New Guinea’s commitment to the One-China Policy, and welcomes the common goal of development in both countries.
PM O’Neill received a courtesy call from China’s Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Xue Bing, on Friday, where they discussed development issues of mutual importance and the upcoming visit by China’s President during the APEC Summit in November 2018.
“Papua New Guinea remains firmly committed to our One-China Policy, and growing the friendship that was established with diplomatic relations in 1976,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.
“The strength of our bilateral relationship is based on respect and a common interest in economic and community development.
“Papua New Guinea and China have a Strategic Partnership of Mutual Co-operation and Common Development that provides a basis for advancing projects that enhance the standard of living in communities.
“People-to-people engagement is also vital to growing our friendship, and we are seeing increased travel between our two countries.
“When direct air links are established between Port Moresby and Shanghai later this year, we will have even more opportunities to strengthen business and education exchange.
“Direct flights will also open up more opportunities for Chinese tourists to visit Papua New Guinea in the years and decades to come.”
The Prime Minister said a number of projects are underway with the support of China, and he looks forward to discussing these with President Xi in November 2018.
“Through the APEC year we will receive more than a thousand delegates from China culminating with the State Visit by President Xi Jinping during the APEC Summit.
“This will be the first visit by China’s President and will mark a new chapter in co-operation and business between our countries.
“Our Government and people look forward to welcoming President Xi to Papua New Guinea, and giving him and his delegation the opportunity to see the diversity of our country and the development taking place.”
PM O’Neill thanked Ambassador Xue for his courtesy call and his co-operation for projects that include support for building the West Pacific University, work to prepare the National Convention Centre for APEC, and the range of ongoing projects in rural communities around the country.