BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese
President Hu Jintao on Tuesday met with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister
Michael Thomas Somare.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes
hands with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Michael Thomas Somare during
their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, April 14, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang
In their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in
downtown Beijing, Hu said bilateral relations have made significant progress
since both countries forged diplomatic ties in 1976, citing frequent high-level
visits, deep political trust and fruitful cooperation in all fields.
Hu appreciated Papua New Guinea's unswerving
adherence to the one-China policy and support on China's peaceful reunification.
Hu said Papua New Guinea was an important Pacific
island country and played a crucial role in regional affairs.
Hu said his country regarded Papua New Guinea as a
good friend and partner in pacific islands.
On the economic front, Hu said both countries were
complementary and had a broad prospect for cooperation. He proposed both
countries step up mutually-beneficial cooperation in key areas such as trade,
agriculture, forestry, fishery, transportation, resources and energy.
Hu said the Chinese government encouraged and
supported Chinese businesses to invest and operate in Papua New Guinea.
Somare, who was here for an official visit, said
Papua New Guinea cherished its relations with China, which was a sincere and
Somare said his country respected China's sovereignty
and territorial integrity and adhered to the one-China policy.
He thanked China for offering generous assistance to
his country for many years.
He said his country would like to work more closely
with China on trade, energy, resources and construction.
Somare is to visit south China's Hainan Province for
the 2009 meeting of the Bo'ao Forum for Asia (BFA) from April 17 to
Profile: Papua New Guinean PM Michael
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) --
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Michael Somare is scheduled to arrive in
Beijing Tuesday for a visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen
The following is a brief introduction
to Somare. Full
Chinese, Papua New Guinean FM meet on
BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) --
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Papua New Guinean counterpart
Samuel Abal Monday agreed to promote ties between their two countries.
China has all along paid great
attention to developing friendly and cooperative relations with Papua New
Guinea, said Yang. Full