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The Chinese Embassy in New Zealand hosted a reception in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China

    On the evening of June 27, H.E. Wang Lutong, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, and Madame Yang Pengbo hosted a reception in the Chinese Embassy in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. Nearly 200 people attended the reception, including Hon David Carter, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives; Chester Borrows, Deputy Speaker of the New Zealand House of representatives; Dr Jian Yang , Chairperson of New Zealand–Hong Kong Parliamentary Friendship Group; a number of MPs; officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of the Primary Industries and the New Zealand military; members of Diplomatic Corps; representatives from the business community, think tanks, Chinese and English media, Chinese organisations, the overseas Chinese community and overseas students.

    In his speech, Ambassador Wang recalled the extraordinary journey and remarkable achievements of Hong Kong since its return in 1997. Ambassador Wang stressed that the Chinese Central Government, in accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, has firmly adhered to the principles of ‘one country, two systems’, ‘Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong’ and ‘a high degree of autonomy’. The Central Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government have been working together to maintain Hong Kong's prosperity, stability and development, further consolidating Hong Kong’s status as an international financial, trade and shipping center. Hong Kong, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is now even more vibrant and dynamic.

    Ambassador Wang noted that Hong Kong and New Zealand have maintained a close relationship, which has been further strengthened after Hong Kong’s return. With the support of the Chinese Central Government, New Zealand became the first country to sign a free trade agreement with Hong Kong. With the development of pragmatic cooperation between China and New Zealand, Hong Kong will have more and more development opportunities.

    On behalf of the New Zealand Parliament, Speaker Carter expressed his congratulations on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. He noted that Hong Kong has been well known by New Zealand for the past 20 years as an important gateway to China. With the rapid development of China-New Zealand relations, the relationship between New Zealand and Hong Kong continues to consolidate and deepen with closer cooperation in the fields of finance, tourism and education. The New Zealand side attaches great importance to its relationship with China and Hong Kong, and will continue to work for the development of its relations with China and Hong Kong to benefit the two peoples.

    The reception was in a warm and cordial atmosphere. A photo exhibition on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China was organised at the reception. The participating guests fully affirmed the successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong, commenting positively on the smooth development of China-New Zealand relations, and wished for a better tomorrow for Hong Kong and China-New Zealand relations.

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