On March 28th, 2006, H.E. Mr. Wei Ruixing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China presented the Letter of Credence to H.E. Sir Paulias Matane, Governor General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
After the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Wei had an audience with the Governor General. Ambassador Wei conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes of President Hu Jintao to Governor General Matane, and said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Papua New Guinea in 1976, the two countries' bilateral relations have made much headway, with frequent high-level exchange of visits, growing trade and economic cooperation and the fruitful exchange in the fields of agriculture, health, education, military, political parties and so on. Papua New Guinea has now become China's largest trading partner and assistance recipient among the South Pacific Island nations. The Chinese Government values its friendly relations with Papua New Guinea and will take the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between the two countries as an opportunity to work with the Government and people of Papua New Guinea to lift the bilateral relations to a higher level. Ambassador Wei expressed that during his tenure of office, he will exert all his efforts to further the cooperation and friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Sir Paulias Matane spoke highly of the friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields between the two countries. He thanked the Chinese Government for its selfless assistance to Papua New Guinea over the years. Sir Paulias Matane reaffirmed to the Chinese Ambassador that Taiwan is an alienable part of the Chinese territories and Papua New Guinea will strictly adhere to the one-China policy.
Mr. Tipo Vuatha, Official Secretary to Governor General, Mr. Gabriel Pepson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Mr. Zhao Yanbo, Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Chinese Embassy, and other officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Immigration and the Chinese Embassy were present on the occasion.
Ambassador Wei Ruixing arrived in Port Moresby on March 18th, 2006.