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Jiang Meets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister

babu.jpg (12828 bytes)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 and development.

  He said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1976, relations between China and Papua New Guinea have registered largely smooth development.

  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 any conditions.

  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 footing.

  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)

WorldNews 1999-09-13 Page6

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