CHINESE RESIDENTS TOLD TO MAINTAIN GOOD RELATIONS WITH PNG

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (October 3, 2000 - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Chinese residents in the country have been told to abide by Papua New Guinea laws in order to promote good relationships between the two nations.

They were urged to live peacefully with the people of PNG and provide continuous social, political, economic, cultural and educational support towards the development of the country.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Zenyu made these comments at a gathering of more than 400 people from the People’s Republic of China in Port Moresby during the weekend.

Mr. Zenyu said the Chinese government would develop friendly relations and cooperation with PNG and work together to promote a healthy and stable Sino-PNG relationship into the 21st century.

"While celebrating the Chinese National day in PNG, it’s with great pleasure for me to note that October 12 will be the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Papua New Guinea," he said.

"Over the past 24 years, the two countries have conducted comprehensive cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, educational and military fields," he said.

Mr. Zenyu also read Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta’s congratulatory message to Beijing Premier Zhu Rongji.

Sir Mekere said that since establishing formal diplomatic relations between the two countries 24 years ago, bilateral relations had grown stronger.

"PNG is especially grateful to the People¹s Republic of China for the development and technical assistance extended to us over the years," he said.

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