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Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng Holds Video Talk with New Zealand's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Chris Seed

2021/06/20

On June 8, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng held a video talk with New Zealand's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Chris Seed at the latter's request. Both sides exchanged views on China-New Zealand relations.

Xie Feng said, China and New Zealand are important cooperative partners to each other. Over the past 49 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations have made substantial progress. As China speeds up to foster a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other, there is huge potential and broad prospects for China-New Zealand cooperation. China stands ready to work together with New Zealand, based on the principle of mutual respect, seeking common grounds while shelving differences in politics, deepening complementary advantages and upholding mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation pattern in economy, and adhering to the correct direction of diversity, harmony and mutual learning in culture and people-to-people exchanges, to promote the bilateral relations a model of friendly cooperation among countries with different social systems, stages of development, cultural traditions and economic volumes. China and New Zealand should remain independent, jointly advocate democracy in international relations, and uphold true multilateralism and international fairness and justice. China supports APEC events hosted by New Zealand.

Seed said, the relations between New Zealand and China are one of the most important bilateral relations for New Zealand and the foundation is very solid. New Zealand has always adhered to the one-China policy and the spirit of the New Zealand-China comprehensive strategic partnership, and the bilateral dialogue and cooperation in various fields are progressing smoothly. New Zealand is ready to conduct more exchanges with China at high levels and other levels, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and strengthen communication and coordination on a wide range of international and regional issues to push forward the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

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