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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Murray McCully of New Zealand

On October 18, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Murray McCully of New Zealand.

Wang Yi said that in recent years, China-New Zealand relations have achieved substantial progress. Both sides should cherish the mutual trust and the sound momentum of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, further strengthen strategic communication, deepen strategic cooperation, consolidate strategic mutual trust and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to add new connotations and inject new impetus to bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. Next year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-New Zealand diplomatic relationship. It is hoped that the two countries will take this as an opportunity to sum up successful experience and practices, well plan the prospect for the development of bilateral relations in the future and ensure sustained, healthy and stable development of China-New Zealand relations.

Wang Yi said that upholding the spirit of mutual benefit, pragmatism and mutual accommodation, China is willing to further give play to complementary advantages to achieve expansion and upgrade of economic and trade cooperation with New Zealand. The Chinese side stands ready to maintain close contact with New Zealand to promote the integration between the “Belt and Road” initiative and the “Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan”, and push forward the implementation of more cooperation projects at an early date. Both sides should deepen cooperation in husbandry, expand new cooperation areas, further broaden people-to-people and cultural exchanges and provide more support in boosting personnel exchanges between the two countries. It is hoped that the New Zealand side will actively think about providing more facilitation measures for Chinese tourists. We should push for cooperation in defense, judicature and law enforcement, jointly combat corruption and transnational crimes and intensify communication and coordination within multilateral frameworks including the UN, the APEC and the East Asia Summit.

Murray McCully expressed that attaching great importance to its relations with China, New Zealand is proud of being the “first” in many aspects in the relationship between developed countries and China, and is willing to further intensify bilateral high-level exchanges and deepen comprehensive strategic partnership with China. The New Zealand side adheres to the One-China policy, does not hold stance in the South China Sea disputes as well as supports relevant parties to restart dialogue and negotiation. New Zealand stands ready to learn more about and participate in the “Belt and Road” initiative, support the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank proposed by China to play a greater role and welcome China to expand investment in New Zealand. It is hoped that more Chinese citizens will travel to and study in New Zealand. The New Zealand side is also willing to further deepen mutual trust and cooperation between the judicial departments of the two countries.

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

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