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China wants to align Belt & Road with PNG development

Peter O'Neill and Li Keqiang
Peter O'Neill and Li Keqiang

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.


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Barbara Short

One of my PNG friends was comparing what the Chinese are doing for PNG to what Australia has done and is doing.

He commented...

I see such physical and tangible projects (as the APEC buildings and changes to Ela Beach) as something people can see, touch, feel and experience 'development' to appreciate and take ownership of and responsibility for.

Australia which has been a long standing traditional development partner has been focused on skills gap capacity building which is intangible.

Our few privileged people who are able to travel abroad are able to experience the tangible environment which causes a paradigm shift that turns the world they know on its head.

Now with China increasing its presence in the region and the country with its focus on tangible infrastructure projects and especially to build transport infrastructure capacity, this is bringing drastic physical change into our very own solid shores.

This will exposed a majority of our masses who I know will get to experience the paradigm shift experienced by the few privileged who got to travel and experience these overseas.

Plus our people do not need the hassle, bustle and strenuous task of preparing travel documents (passports, visas, NID cards and etc) to come and experience it in the cities. Overall I think such physical developments will herd and force people into changing."

I found this an interesting comment. But I shuddered to think of the implications..

Harry Topham

I heard on the news today that the old shortwave transmission band that used to operate for Radio Australia, now a defunct service, has been taken over by Radio China.

How shorted sighted by Oziland and a salient lesson to all on how not to win and hearts and minds.

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