China and Papua New Guinea should expand pragmatic cooperation under the Belt and Road framework to provide strong impetus for sustained and stable growth of bilateral ties, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.
Xi made the remark in a meeting with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.
Xi said bilateral cooperation is standing at a new starting point with Papua New Guinea officially joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road cooperation, the first of its kind between China and a Pacific island nation.
Bilateral ties have been on a fast track of development, and mutual political trust and win-win cooperation have reached a historic high since the two countries reached consensus on building strategic partnerships, Xi said.
China appreciates Papua New Guinea's adherence to the one-China policy, and stands ready to step up communication, deepen cooperation and move bilateral ties to new levels, he said.
He called on the two countries to increase mutual political trust and extend support and care to each other on issues related to sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity under the principle of mutual respect and equal treatment to lay a solid political foundation for bilateral relations.
Win-win cooperation should also be promoted to make the cake of cooperation bigger and bigger and trailblaze new cooperative areas, he said.