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China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

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China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister
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China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

2024-04-21 12:04 Last Updated At:16:17

China is ready to work with Papua New Guinea (PNG) to build a comprehensive strategic partnership of higher level and better quality, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

Wang, also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the statement when meeting with PNG Foreign Minister Justin Tkachenko in PNG capital Port Moresby.

China always views and values the PNG's role from a strategic perspective, Wang said, noting that the PNG is the largest and most populous Pacific island country, with the most abundant natural resources in the Pacific island region.

Located in the connecting belt between Oceania and Southeast Asia, the PNG has a unique position and huge development advantages, and is fully capable of becoming a more prosperous country with more self-determination and greater influence in the region and in the world at large, Wang said.

The PNG is an important partner in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, Wang said, noting that the Pacific country has participated in two Belt and Road forums for international cooperation consecutively and made positive contributions.

The two countries have drawn up Belt and Road cooperation plans and established a working mechanism. Both sides need to implement them one by one and advance them in a timely manner, so as to ensure that the results of the cooperation will be tangible as soon as possible and bring benefits to the PNG people, Wang said.

China is ready to maintain high-level exchanges with the PNG and launch free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between the two countries as soon as possible, said the Chinese foreign minister.

China is ready to strengthen cooperation with the PNG in such fields as trade and investment, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry and fishery, clean energy and climate change solutions, Wang said.

China is also ready to create new highlights in cooperation with the PNG in such fields as information and communication technology, disaster prevention and reduction, and police affairs, to promote bilateral relations to higher levels, Wang said.

As China is also a developing country, China's exchanges and cooperation with South Pacific island countries are aimed at supporting and helping each other and achieving common development, without any selfish geopolitical interests, said the Chinese foreign minister.

The South Pacific region should not become an arena of big power rivalry, and no country should treat the island countries as its "backyard," or engage in zero-sum competition and exclusive arrangements, Wang said.

Instead, more should be done for the island countries and more benefits should be brought to their people, Wang said.

For his part, Tkachenko said China is a close friend of his country.

The leaders of the two countries have maintained close communication and established a high degree of mutual trust. Bilateral cooperation in various fields is progressing smoothly and bringing tangible benefits to the people in both countries, Tkachenko said.

The PNG government has long been firm in upholding and will continue to firmly adhere to the one-China principle, Tkachenko said, adding that the government understands and supports China's efforts to achieve national reunification.

The PNG is committed to promoting the development of bilateral relations to achieve greater results, said the Pacific island country's foreign minister.

The PNG looks forward to strengthening cooperation with China in the fields of economy and trade, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, education, police affairs, and disaster prevention and mitigation, and further facilitating people-to-people exchanges, Tkachenko said.

He also sincerely thanked China for its selfless assistance to the PNG in coping with the recent floods.

The PNG believes that China's cooperation with South Pacific island countries has promoted regional development, thinks highly of China's important role and fair stance in international and regional affairs, and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China, Tkachenko said.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

After the talks, the two foreign ministers jointly attended the signing ceremony of various cooperation documents.

Wang arrived in Port Moresby late Saturday on the second stop of his current three-country tour through the Asia Pacific.

China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

China to work with PNG to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership: foreign minister

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

2024-05-22 09:04 Last Updated At:10:37

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,647, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 85 Palestinians and wounded 200 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,647 and injuries to 79,852 since the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on October 7, 2023.

The health authorities also said that many casualties remain buried under the rubble, making it difficult for medical emergency and civil defense personnel to carry out rescue operations.

The Israeli army said in a statement that drones and fighter aircraft bombed nearly 70 "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours, including military buildings, weapons depots, warehouses, rocket launchers, surveillance units, and other military infrastructure.

Israeli forces killed a number of militants in the Jabalia area of the northern Gaza Strip, including a "terrorist group" that was shooting at soldiers, read the statement.

It added that Israeli forces were continuing their operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, where a drone killed a "terrorist" who was firing mortar shells at Israeli soldiers.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday that the Israeli military and Military Intelligence Directorate launched a joint military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin earlier Tuesday.

According to information from Israeli intelligence agencies, Palestinian armed personnel were active in the area. During the operation, the Israeli military engaged in firefights with the Palestinian armed personnel and destroyed a significant amount of infrastructure.

The Palestinian health ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that on that day, the Israeli military killed seven Palestinians and injured 12 others in Jenin and the nearby refugee camp. Two of the injured are in serious condition.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

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