The prime minister of Papua New Guinea has dismissed concerns about the risks associated with Chinese investment, saying he will not offer Beijing any special treatment.
After meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House, James Marape said it was "inconsequential and irrelevant" whether foreign investment came from countries like China or Australia.
Mr Marape said his Pacific nation was "friends to all, enemies to none".
"We will have an equal playing field for every investor as long as they subscribe to the rules and regulations of our country," he told reporters in Canberra.
"Every businessman and woman is welcome in our country, and the Chinese investors will not receive any special treatment and preference, just like Australian investors will not receive any special favour or treatment."
Australian Associated Press