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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand

On November 18 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand in Manila, the Philippines.

Xi Jinping noted that the current China-New Zealand relations maintain a sound development momentum, with bilateral exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement, justice, law-enforcement, defense and other sectors being pushed forward steadily. Deepening China-New Zealand cooperation conduces to common interests of both sides and the stability and prosperity of the whole Asia-Pacific region. China is willing to, together with New Zealand, enhance dialogue, communication and cooperation and push bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership for new results. China and New Zealand should maintain close exchanges at high level and other various levels, play the role of institutional dialogues in all sectors, promote expansion and upgrading of bilateral trade, beef up cooperation in agriculture, animal husbandry and other traditional fields and at the meantime seek new growth points in bilateral cooperation in such sectors as food security, energy conservation, environmental protection, information technology, bio-medicine and infrastructure. Both sides should also expand people-to-people exchanges in culture, sports, local affairs and other fields and intensify cooperation in judicature, law-enforcement and defense. China is ready to boost communication and coordination with New Zealand in such multilateral frameworks as the UN, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), East Asia Summit and Pacific Islands Forum and such issues as climate change and regional economic integration, so as to together push forward regional stability and development. Both sides should also boost cooperation in Antarctic affairs.

John Key said that New Zealand is pleased with the sound development of New Zealand-China relations and constantly deepened bilateral cooperation. New Zealand is willing to intensify its cooperation with China in economy, trade, agriculture and animal husbandry, and welcomes Chinese enterprises to increase their investment in New Zealand. New Zealand has decided to apply for the membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) a long time ago since it is conducive to infrastructure construction in the region and the practical interests of New Zealand and the region. New Zealand agrees to boost bilateral cooperation in education.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.

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