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Soroi Eoe and Wang Yi
Foreign ministers Soroi Eoe (PNG) and Wang Yi (China) meet in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

| Xinhua

GUIYANG – China’s State councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi has held talks with Soroi Eoe, Papua New Guinea’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade.

The meeting, held in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, marked the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Wang said both countries have always treated each other as equals and supported each other on issues concerning their core interests and major concerns.

As Covid-19 continues to spread, Wang said international cooperation against the pandemic cannot slacken for a moment.

China is willing to continue to share its experience with PNG in fighting the pandemic, provide medical supplies, and strengthen public health management and medical technology.

He noted that the two economies are highly complementary and have huge potential for cooperation.

China is willing to deepen joint efforts to develop the Belt and Road Initiative, so as to enrich the strategic partnership between the two countries and benefit both sides.

Wang said China has been cooperating with Pacific island countries on the basis of equality and respect and is committed to promoting their development and prosperity.

Eoe extended congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and thanked China for its long-term support and assistance to PNG's economic and social development, especially its fight against Covid-19.

He said that PNG hopes to conduct governance exchanges with China, learn from China's development experience, achieve common development and prosperity, and build a community with a shared future between China and Pacific island countries.

He said PNG and the Pacific islands are firmly opposed to Japan's decision to dump contaminated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, adding that PNG will join hands with other nations including China to resist Japan's irresponsible action.


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