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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand

2016/04/19

On April 19, 2016, President Xi Jinping met at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand 44 years ago, the relations between the two countries have achieved a leap-frog development and the bilateral cooperation has reached unprecedented width and depth. China is willing to work with New Zealand to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve greater development in the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits.

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should, out of the fundamental interests of the two peoples, constantly enhance political mutual trust, give full play to the leading role of the high-level exchanges in bilateral relations, and strengthen exchanges between governments, legislative bodies and parties. The two sides should solidly promote economic and trade cooperation to realize mutual benefit and win-win results. China is willing to work with New Zealand to enhance all-production-chain cooperation in trade, investment, scientific research, food safety and others, so as to build a long-term and stable agricultural cooperative partnership. Chinese enterprises are willing to take active parts in the infrastructure construction of New Zealand. Both sides can strengthen the docking of development strategies, and jointly cultivate new cooperation growth points in such areas as biological medicine, energy conservation and environment protection and creative industry. China is willing to carry out more cooperation in fields of education, tourism and others, so as to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges to a new stage. The two sides should enhance cooperation in judiciary and law enforcement and military exchanges. China hopes to reinforce cooperation with New Zealand within multilateral mechanisms and the framework of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

John Key said, New Zealand-China relations enjoy rapid development. Both sides maintain close high-level exchanges, and have achieved fruitful results in economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. At present, New Zealand-China relations face greater development opportunities. New Zealand is willing to make joint efforts with China to accelerate the negotiation process of upgrading the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in such areas as agriculture, tourism, education and law enforcement. New Zealand, as the first western country to join the AIIB, is willing to maintain cooperation with China in the process of regional economic integration. New Zealand hopes to conduct close communication and coordination with China in international and regional affairs.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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