Grand Chief, Sir Micheal Somare, said this on Wednesday night, when recalling the establishment of this diplomatic relationship.
He said PNG was the first in the Pacific to establish this, while other countries were still figuring out communist China’s globalisation move.
Sir Michael signed an MOU with China then, a move he says he does not regret to date.
PNG has continued this partnership as China emerged from nowhere to being a powerful developed nation to date, he said.
“And PNG is greatly honoured for this relationship,” said Somare.