HU YONGQI | China Daily
BEIJING – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O'Neill oversaw the signing of multiple agreements on Thursday that boost cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative and in other areas.
China's relations with PNG have made steady progress and can be a good example for its ties with other Pacific island countries, said Premier Li.
Prime Minister O'Neill's visit is seen as an important high-level exchange, as among Pacific island countries PNG has the largest population and land territory and is seen to have significant regional impact.
Li said China especially appreciates PNG’s support of the One-China policy and its choice to develop in line with its unique national circumstances.
China would like to better align the Belt and Road initiative with PNG's development strategies and create more opportunities to boost cooperation in fields such as trade, energy, infrastructure and industrial production capacity, Li said.
He said China will support PNG in hosting this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Port Moresby.
O'Neill said the two countries have maintained strong momentum with bilateral cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties.
He reiterated that PNG would like to work with China to boost trade, investments and large projects, and extended gratitude for China's support of APEC.
Today O’Neill heads to Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.