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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key, Agreeing to Push China-New Zealand Comprehensive Cooperative Relations to a New Level

2013/04/07

On April 7, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key in Boao, Hainan province.

As China-New Zealand relations have matured, new achievements have been scored in bilateral ties and the two countries and their people are benefiting from this progress, Xi said. The government of New Zealand has released the China Strategy, laying out its strategic targets of developing relations with China and it has also established a committee to promote relations with China. Xi expressed his appreciation for these efforts and stressed that China values and cherishes its friendship with New Zealand. He also called on the two sides to take hold of opportunities under the new circumstances, enhance mutual understanding and cooperation, and promote the China-New Zealand comprehensive cooperative relations to a higher level.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the China-New Zealand free trade agreement (FTA), the first of its kind that China has inked with a developed country, Xi said. The FTA deal has effectively promoted bilateral cooperation and played an exemplary role, Xi said, calling on the two countries to make more efforts in the implementation and utilization of the agreement and to deepen bilateral economic and trade collaboration. He urged both sides to fulfill in advance the target of doubling two- way goods trade to 20 billion NZ dollars by 2015. Moreover, Xi said New Zealand has unique advantages in animal husbandry, green economy and high-tech industries, and the two sides should seek new areas for cooperation in agricultural technology, food safety, energy conservation and environmental protection, as well as the creative industries and financial sectors. The Chinese government also encourages enterprises in the country to invest in New Zealand, Xi said.

Both China and New Zealand are important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and China is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with New Zealand on matters such as building a regional cooperation mechanism and advancing the cause of economic integration, Xi said. To promote regional peace, stability and prosperity, Xi said China is willing to join hands with New Zealand in enhancing exchanges, trust and cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key said New Zealand-China relations are developing very well and both sides have strengthened their cooperation and achieved mutual benefit and a win-win situation. He said that New Zealand attaches great importance to its comprehensive cooperative relations with China and respects China's core interests. He said New Zealand hopes to promote dialogues and exchanges as well as economic and trade cooperation with China. He called on both sides to realize the target of doubling two-way goods trade to 20 billion NZ dollars by 2015. The New Zealand government welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in the country and explore opportunities for cooperation in the forestry and dairy industries, Key said. Key called for further support from China in international organizations as well as a stronger partnership with China on issues concerning affairs in the Asia-Pacific region and the protection of marine resources in the Antarctic region.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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