Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the Papua New Guinea/China relationship continues to grow with several new investments coming on stream recently.
“I would like to acknowledge the increased trade and investment efforts by Chinese entities in PNG recently, in particular development projects such as the Ramu Nickel Project, the Lae Port Development, Construction of the International Convention Centre at the Constitution Park in Waigani and the Highlands Highway Rehabilitation Project.
“I was able to have fruitful discussions with Vice Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and major investors such as the Chinese EXIM Bank, China Metallurgical Company, SINOPEC, COVEC and China Railway,” the Prime Minister said.
In response, Mr Zhou said he was thankful for the courtesy extended to him and his delegation and expressed his deep satisfaction about the strong PNG/China relations.
He said PNG and China’s long historical relationship has progressed in practical cooperation through trade, economic development assistance, science and technology.
Mr Zhou proposed for an immediate promotional exchange at the parliamentary level.
Mr O’Neill agreed that a parliamentary exchange by PNG parliamentarians with their Chinese counterparts would be a good educational exercise for both parties to understand each others’ parliamentary systems.
In concluding, the Prime Minister informed Mr Zhou that he plans to visit China mid next year, which Mr Zhou gracefully welcomed.