NEWS EDITOR | Xinhua
BEIJING - Chinese president Xi Jinping has met with Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill at the second belt and road forum for international cooperation.
Recalling his state visit to PNG in November 2018, Xi said the relationship between China and PNG is at the best period in history.
He said China highly appreciates PNG for prioritising relations with China in its diplomacy and giving solid support to China on issues concerning China's core interests.
“China supports PNG in choosing a development path on its own that is in line with its national conditions.
“China is willing to work with PNG to strengthen coordination and cooperation under the multilateral framework, so as to enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.”
PNG is in a leading position among the Pacific island countries in jointly building the belt and road, Xi said, adding that China and PNG should further expand cooperation and set an example for the island countries in building the belt and road.
China has no self interest in the Pacific island countries, and does not seek the so-called "sphere of influence," Xi said, adding that China will always be a trustworthy friend and partner to these countries.
O'Neill expressed congratulations on the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China and on its achievement in economic development and poverty alleviation, which is also a contribution to world peace and development.
O'Neill said President Xi's visit to PNG last year was historic. PNG adheres to the one-China policy, and is willing to enhance cooperation with China under the belt and road framework.
O'Neill also met senior Communist Party official Zhao Leji, who said China is willing to work with PNG to synergise the belt and road Initiative with PNG's development plans.
O'Neill said PNG will learn from China's development experience and the two sides should strengthen cooperation in trade, energy, infrastructure and other fields.