The Prime Minister has met with the Premier of China, H.E. Li Keqiang, where they discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries including shared development interests, infrastructure delivery and the hosting of APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea.
“There is a strong friendship between our Governments, both through our officials and high-level interaction,” the Prime Minister said.
“We intend to keep taking this friendship to an even higher level, and there are many outcomes we look to achieve on this visit.
“My last State visit to China was in 2016, and this resulted in seven major agreements in development projects, investment and trade.
“A number of other infrastructure projects have been identified since then are in the process of being delivered.
“These include the rehabilitation of the Poreporena Freeway, the construction of the Boulevard to Parliament, and the upgrade of the International Convention Centre.
“Each of these projects is a gift of the people of China, and are demonstrations of warm relationship between our countries.
“The International Convention Centre has already hosted many APEC meetings, and now it has been upgraded for the APEC Leaders’ Week.
“China is also providing a number of vehicles, including buses, that will be used in APEC motorcades.
“APEC is based on enhancing partnerships, and the partnership we have with China in the delivery of APEC is most appreciated.”