PNG-CHINA relations continue to grow

Thursday 16 March 2023

Papua New Guinea has always supported the One-China Policy and will continue working with China as a friend and ally.

This was the cornerstone statement from Minister for Foreign Affairs and National Events  Justin Tkatchenko in his bilateral meeting with Chinese Government Special Envoy to Pacific Island Countries’ Affairs, His Excellency Ambassador Qian Bo recently.

Both countries have had a very fruitful relationship since independence and have done a lot of work together in terms of developments, like more infrastructure projects within the city.

Minister Tkatchenko said Port Moresby has some priority projects that they would like to develop in partnership with China such as road projects, hospital, an entertainment centre as well as other model schools like Butuka Academy which is fully funded by China.

He said the main concern is the health of the people, and we would like to work in partnership with China for the development of the hospitals.

Mr Tkatchenko acknowledged the new role of Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Pacific as an important one that benefits both countries.

Ambassador Qian said China’s development with Pacific Island Countries (PIC) is in line with the principle of equal treatment, mutual respect and cooperation.

He said China stays committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind and they have no interest in geo-political competition, we have no intention to compete with any other countries.

Meanwhile, China will host the third China-PIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting and has invited PNG to participate.

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