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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill Provides Papua New Guinea Support to Strengthen Pacific-China Relations
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP will further strengthen the growing relationship between China and the Pacific region when he meets with regional leaders in Fiji this weekend.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill is attending the regional meeting being convened by President Xi Jinping after China’s leader extended the invitation during recent bilateral discussions in Beijing.
He said the relationship with China is important for all countries in the Pacific and the meeting will be positive for regional economic growth and cultural exchange. “As a member of APEC and an observer to ASEAN, and with the largest population and economy in the Pacific islands region, Papua New Guinea has a responsibility to provide a significant gateway between Asia and the Pacific,” PM O’Neill said.
“In Beijing I offered Papua New Guinea’s encouragement and support to China in its deepening engagement with Pacific Island states. “President Xi proposed that I join him at the meeting in Fiji so we can have a further exchange of views that will involve our Pacific Island partners.
“I look forward to taking part in this discussion over the weekend and the substantive issues that will be covered.” The Prime Minister said the meeting will also provide the opportunity for Papua New Guinea and China to follow-up on issues discussed between the two leaders in Beijing. This included discussion of deeper cooperation in areas that include education, agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill expressed his appreciation to Fiji for hosting delegations attending the meeting. “We commend Fiji for providing a venue for the meeting and extending hospitality. “This is important for Fiji as they enter into a new era of democratic government, and Papua New Guinea wants to provide support and encouragement in this process.
“This will be my first visit to Fiji since the democratic election of Frank Bainimarama as Prime Minister, and I look forward to conveying my congratulations for his election win in person.”
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