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Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Qiu Bohua at the Reception Marking the 63rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

(Port Moresby, 27th September 2012)

Your Excellency Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, Governor General

Hon. John Momis, President of Bougainville Autonomous Region

Hon. Members of the Parliament and Cabinet Ministers

Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations

Leaders of Political Parties

Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening! My wife and I are greatly honored to have you join us tonight to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in PNG and in my own name, I wish to extend our warmest welcome to all of you present here, and to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have long supported China's development and China-PNG relations.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, especially over the past 34 years of reform and opening-up, China has found a development route that is suitable to the national reality, and made tremendous achievements attracting world wide attention. Last year, the international political and economic situation continued to undergo profound changes. We've witnessed disturbances in some regions, the road to global economic recovery remained arduous, and the after-effects of the global financial crises still persisted. It was against this backdrop that China carried on with its reform and opening-up, and made utmost effort towards balanced, coordinated and sustainable development. In the year 2011, China's GDP reached RMB 47.2 trillion, or approximately USD 7.4 trillion, which is 9.2% higher than that of the previous year. At the same time, China increased spending on social sectors such as science and technology, education, culture, health, and sports, substantially improved people's livelihood and wellbeing, and made notable progress in improving democracy and the legal system, as well as strengthening national defense and building up the armed forces. We have also achieved fruitful results from our diplomatic work.

This year, China continues to adopt a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy, and its economy maintained stable development while achieving a smooth growth. In the first six months, our GDP reached RMB 22.7 trillion, or approximately USD 3.6 trillion, 7.8% higher than that of the previous year. In June, Chinese Spaceship Shenzhou-9 was successfully launched into its orbit and docked with Space Lab TianGong-1, marking another step forward in China's manned spaceship research. In the London Olympic Games, Chinese athletes have won 38 gold medals and 87 medals in total, which is their best record in Olympic Games held outside of China. All Chinese people around the world are proud of these achievements.

On the other hand, we are also keenly aware that China remains the largest developing country in the world. Faced with difficulties and challenges such as unbalanced development between urban and rural areas, among regions, and between economic and social sectors, there is still a long way to go before we can realize modernization at an elementary level. This year marks China's full implementation of its "Twelfth Five Year Plan". We are confident that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Government, and with the united efforts of the Chinese people, we will achieve even greater success in our development.


Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today's China has become an important force for promoting peace, stability and development in the world. China's destiny is more and more closely linked with that of the world. No matter how the international circumstances evolve, China will remain committed to its independent foreign policy of peace, its path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening-up. We will continue to work with other countries to build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.

China and PNG are both developing countries. We respect and support each other on many political issues, and our economies are highly complementary and hence enjoy a broad prospect of mutually beneficial cooperation. Over the last 36 years, China-PNG relations have witnessed tremendous progress, as we maintained frequent exchanges of high-level visits, expanded fruitful cooperation in various areas, and strengthened coordination on international and regional issues. As a result, we not only brought about substantial benefits to our peoples, but also contributed to stability and development in the region. Meanwhile, the Chinese side highly appreciates PNG's adherence to the One-China policy and support for China's peaceful reunification.

Two weeks ago, I had the honor to accompany Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on his trip to China to attend the Ningxia International Trade and Investment Fair and a visit to Beijing. Mr. O'Neill was warmly received by the Chinese side and met with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang as well as Governor of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. He also held discussions with several key enterprises such as the EXIM Bank of China to further promote bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Besides that, the Chinese side also offered grant aid of RMB 40 million to further assist PNG's economic and social development. This visit was a great success. It fully demonstrated the importance attached to our bilateral ties from both sides, and will definitely add more momentum to our friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in the future.

The government and people of China highly value their friendly ties with Papua New Guinea, regarding PNG as a good friend and partner in the Pacific Islands region. For years, China has been providing aid to the best of its ability to PNG and implemented a dozen of infrastructure projects. Among them are the sports stadium, schools, roads and industrial zone, communications and information projects. China has also dispatched 5 Chinese Aid Medical Teams to work in Port Moresby General Hospital and provided more than 200 scholarships for PNG students as well as over 400 training opportunities for PNG government officials and professionals.

I am pleased to see that, with the support of the two governments, the bilateral economic and trade cooperation has made great progress. Currently Papua New Guinea has become the largest trading partner and investment destination for China in South Pacific. Bilateral trade amounted to USD 1.265 billion in 2011, which is almost 10 times of the trade volume between the two countries in 2001. In 2012, the bilateral economic and trade cooperation will achieve more fruitful results. China's largest investment project in the Pacific islands region - Ramu Nickel project is expected to go into operation. The International Convention Center sponsored by the Chinese Government is about to break ground in October. The construction of soft loan projects such as the student dormitory of Goroka University, the Integrated Government Information Network (IGIS) and the Distant Education Network of Community Colleges go on steadily. We hope that these projects will further help the development of Papua New Guinea economy and China-PNG economic and trade cooperation.


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

As we all know, the general election of Papua New Guinea has successfully concluded recently. The new government headed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has won wide support both from the Parliament and the people. The new government sets out to further develop the PNG economy with a focus on strengthening the country's infrastructure, education, health, rule of law. It also seeks to make more friends internationally and further expand foreign trade and regional cooperation. These initiatives would not only win the support of the majority of Papua New Guineans but also  enhance confidence of the international community and foreign investors in the nation's economic and social progress. Currently, PNG is steadily on the fast lane of development and its cooperation and exchanges with the world are increasingly active.

To seize the valuable opportunities to further develop the bilateral ties, China is looking forward to joining hands with PNG to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples, deepen bilateral exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and enhance mutual support and cooperation in international and regional affairs promoting the China-PNG relations to a new level.

I wish, once again, to express my deep appreciation to distinguished guests for your kind presence tonight.

Thank you!

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