Jiang Meets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister
Chinese President Jiang
Zemin said September 12 that China is willing to further develop friendly relations and
cooperation with Papua New Guinea, which he believes conforms to the long-term and
fundamental interests of the peoples of the two countries.
Jiang, who is in Auckland to attend the seventh
informal meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, made
the remarks during his meeting with Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Mekere Morauta on
the morning of September 12.
The Chinese president once again congratulated Morauta
on his election as prime minister of Papua New Guinea.
Jiang said he was confident that Papua New Guinea,
under the leadership of Morauta, will attain further achievements in economic construction
He said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties
in 1976, relations between China and Papua New Guinea have registered largely smooth
Cooperation between the two countries in economy,
trade, technology, culture, education and public health has been fruitful, said Jiang,
adding that China has provided economic assistance to Papua New Guinea without attaching
The Chinese president said China will try its best to
facilitate the provision of economic aid to Papua New Guinea by international
organizations and institutions.
Jiang said that China has always maintained that all
countries, big or small, rich or poor and strong or weak, should be treated on an equal
During the meeting, Morauta said progress has been made
in relations between Papua New Guinea and China recently and his country is willing to
further strengthen ties with China.
Morauta expressed thanks for China's economic
assistance for his country. (Xinhua)
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