China To Attend APEC Meeting

Announced intentions during high level meetings on regional poliitical issues

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 11, 2016) –China's President Xi Jinping has confirmed he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby in 2018, making him the first world leader to make his intention known.

President Xi confirmed his attendance during bilateral talks with visiting Prime Minster Peter O’Neill in Beijing last Thursday.

During the high level discussion, Mr Xi expressed his support for more Chinese tourists to visit Papua New Guinea, and the two leaders discussed regional political issues.

Mr O’Neill said in a statement yesterday that having China’s President confirm his attendance for the APEC Summit on November 17-18, 2018, is a great endorsement for Papua New Guinea’s planning.

"The President of China is the first to confirm that he will attend the APEC Papua New Guinea 2018 Leaders’ Summit and we look forward to his arrival in Port Moresby.

"There is a busy schedule of events around the time of our Summit, including ASEAN and G20 summits, so I thank President Xi for his commitment," Mr O’Neill said.

During bilateral discussions, Prime Minister O’Neill and President Xi discussed a range of issues of consequence for both countries and the region.

He said President Xi had been supportive of Papua New Guinea and has made it clear that the Chinese Government would continue to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Papua New Guinea.

PM O’Neill said one of the very positive points to come from the discussion with President Xi is his support for more Chinese tourists to visit Papua New Guinea.

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