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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand

On May 25, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand in Beijing.

Wang Yi expressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand 46 years ago, bilateral relations have maintained a sound development momentum. Bilateral cooperation has created many “firsts” for relations between China and other Western developed countries, which plays an important demonstration role. Under the new situation, both sides should continue to uphold the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, intensify exchanges at high level and across various levels, and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, in a bid to push forward the great achievement and further development of China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.

Both sides should practically advance the negotiations on upgrading the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to further release the potential for economic and trade cooperation. As the first Western developed country to sign a cooperation document of the Belt and Road Initiative with China, New Zealand is welcome to actively participate in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”. China hopes that both sides will speed up the formulation of specific cooperation planning and discuss conducting cooperation in third-party market. Both sides should expand exchanges and cooperation in such areas as education, science and technology, culture, tourism, judiciary and law enforcement. Given that the current international situation is facing the impact of unilateralism and the interference of the de-globalization trend, China and New Zealand should join hands to advance the process of multilateralism, safeguard global free trade and investment system, and build an open world economy together.

Winston Peters stated that since the establishment of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations in 1972, relations with China have always been a priority of New Zealand’s foreign policy. The new government of New Zealand pays high attention to developing bilateral relations, firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and stands ready to strengthen exchanges at high level and other levels and expand bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas with China, in a bid to push forward New Zealand-China comprehensive strategic partnership for greater development. It is hoped that both sides will actively advance the negotiations on upgrading the New Zealand-China FTA and make efforts to sign a high-quality agreement. New Zealand is willing to actively take part in the “Belt and Road” cooperation and will actively participate in the first China International Import Expo, so as to discuss conducting more cooperation with China. New Zealand stands ready to enhance communication and coordination with China to jointly safeguard economic globalization and multilateral free trade system.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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