On behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, the Municipal Government and the people of the city, Li Qiang warmly welcomed His Excellency the Premiers visit to Shanghai and introduced the economic and social development of Shanghai. He said that the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the two countries is a good thing to conform to the trend of the times and benefit the people of both countries. We highly appreciate the correct decision, strategic vision and political courage of your Government and His Excellency the Prime Minister. The prime ministers visit to China and his successful meeting with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will open a brighter and brighter future for the development of bilateral relations. As Chinas largest economic center city and the frontier of reform and opening up, Shanghai is speeding up the construction of international economic, financial, trade, shipping and technological innovation centers in accordance with the spirit of President Xi Jinpings important instructions for Shanghai. We are ready to give full play to local advantages and roles, promote pragmatic cooperation and exchanges in various fields, and make positive contributions to the development of bilateral relations and the improvement of the well-being of the two peoples within the framework of friendly cooperation between the two countries.
Sogavale said that his side chose to stand on the right side of history, make a commitment to abide by the one-China principle and establish diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China, which is consistent with international law and the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Chinas development achievements have attracted worldwide attention. As a modern international metropolis, Shanghai is full of vitality. It is hoped that this visit and the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries will serve as an opportunity to learn from the development experience of China and Shanghai, further expand cooperation areas, enhance cooperation level and promote the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Xue Bing, Ambassador of China to Papua New Guinea, and Zhuge Yujie and Xu Kunlin, leaders of Shanghai, attended the meeting.