China, PNG pledge to further boost ties, cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative
Updated 22:26, 03-Nov-2018
China and Papua New Guinea (PNG) vowed on Wednesday to further develop the relations between the two countries and strengthen cooperation under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
When meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said PNG is a key and close friend of China among the Pacific island nations.
Bilateral relations have reached the all-time high since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, he said, reiterating PNG's adherence to the one-China policy.
China was among the first countries which supported PNG in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' meeting this year and rendered PNG assistance in this regard, according to the prime minister.
Expressing firm support to the Belt and Road Initiative, O'Neill hoped that cooperation under the China-proposed initiative could promoted PNG's economy as well as common development of the Pacific island nations.
The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, proposed in 2013, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road.
For his part, Wang said the upcoming APEC meeting in Port Moresby is a major event for the Pacific island nations, and China wished the meeting a success and will continue to offer help to PNG.
Noting that PNG was the first among the Pacific island nations to sign cooperation agreements with China under the Belt and Road Initiative, he said China welcomes the attendance of Prime Minister O'Neill at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held next year in China.
China is willing to expand cooperation with PNG in trade, investment, industrial capacity and education under the Belt and Road Initiative so as to help the country achieve sustainable development and common development of the Pacific island nations, he added.
The Chinese top diplomat stressed that China has abided by the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs of other countries and no-attachment of political strings regarding foreign aid.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with Papua New Guinean Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato (R) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 31, 2018. /Xinhua Photo

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with Papua New Guinean Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato (R) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 31, 2018. /Xinhua Photo

In a separate meeting with PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, Wang underscored the important position of PNG in China's neighborhood diplomacy, saying China is willing to become a lasting and trustworthy friend and partner of PNG.
Wang said China would like to strengthen cooperation with the Pacific island country on joint construction of the Belt and Road, investment, agriculture and industrial modernization so as to help transfer PNG's resources potentials for the country's development.
Minister Pato is also welcome to attend the upcoming China International Import Expo scheduled for next month in Shanghai and China expects more distinctive PNG imports, Wang added.
Pato expressed the willingness of his country to learn from China's experiences on poverty alleviation and development.
PNG also hopes to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China on trade and investment, energy and resources as well as infrastructure, he said.

Wang rejects false claim on China's foreign aid

China's foreign aid is carried out on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, openness and sustainability, Wang said.
Wang made the remarks during a joint press conference with Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Pato, when responding to a question about some Western countries and media's claim that China's aid for Pacific island countries caused a debt burden for them.
China's aid for Pacific island countries is in fact the mutual support and assistance between developing countries, and is an important part of South-South Cooperation, Wang said.
China's foreign aid is offered on an equal basis, with full respect for the will of the governments and people of the recipient countries. It comes without interfering in their domestic affairs or any political strings attached, he said.
China always ensures that the foreign aid is mutually beneficial, taking into consideration the financial sustainability of the recipients when carrying out aid projects, he added.
China offers foreign aid in an open manner, not for targeting any third party but for making the pie of cooperation bigger, he said, adding that China is willing to carry out third party cooperation with other countries.
Moreover, China's foreign aid is sustainable, aiming at empowering the recipients to overcome their development bottlenecks and achieve self-supported and sustainable development, he said.
China always upholds the right approach to justice and interests with a priority to justice. This approach can stand the test of time and the judgment of the international community, said Wang.
Those who criticize China's good deeds should rather do more themselves to help the Pacific island countries, he added.
Source(s): Xinhua News Agency