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China highlights substantial progress in ties with New Zealand

Beijing, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The substantial progress shown in the ties between China and New Zealand were highlighted by Prime Minister Li Qiang, who is in that country on a three-day official visit.

In the last 10 years, and despite changes in the international landscape, both countries have consistently adhered to mutual respect, inclusion, cooperation and joint development, promoting bilateral relations, said the Chinese head of government during his talks with his New Zealand counterpart, Christopher Luxon.

The Xinhua agency reported that New Zealand’s positive stance is evident, as it was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with China. It also took the lead among developed Western nations in recognizing China’s full market economy status.

Li called on the two sides to ensure stable expectations and a favorable business environment, expressed China’s readiness to receive growing New Zealand investments, and announced the decision to include this country in the list of visa-free nations to encourage cultural and people-to-people exchanges, which he considered essential to improve mutual understandings.

At the end of the talks, Li and Luxon witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents on trade in services, business environment, export of agricultural and food products to China, science and technology, patent examination and protection of migratory birds, among others.

The Chinese premier also met with New Zealand Governor General Cindy Kiro and emphasized shared development concepts, cultural values and international perspectives fundamental for bilateral relations.

The interlocutors agreed that this year marks the tenth anniversary of the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to New Zealand, and the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between both countries.