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Charge d'affaires Qu Guangzhou attends the NZCFS 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet

On the evening of February 11, the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) held a 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet at the Grand Century Chinese Restaurant in Wellington. Charge d'affaires Qu Guangzhou was invited to attend and delivered a speech. Over 200 people gathered together to celebrate the Year of Dog, including New Zealand's Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson; Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester; Patron of the NZCFS, Philip Burdon; NZCFS National President, Dave Bromwich; Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Simon Draper; members of NZCFS Wellington Branch and representatives from the wider communities of New Zealand and the Chinese community.

In his speech, Charge d'affaires Qu Guangzhou expressed his sincere gratitude to the NZCFS for its tremendous contribution over the years to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between New Zealand and China, and for promoting the growth of bilateral relations. He noted that China-New Zealand relations are progressing well, with cooperation in all fields reaching an unprecedented level. Currently, China is New Zealand's largest trading partner of goods and its largest source of overseas students. Being the second largest source of tourists to New Zealand, China's contribution to the local economy matches that of Australia, New Zealand's largest source of tourists. Cultural exchanges between China and New Zealand have also achieved fruitful results. Today, China and New Zealand face some rare opportunities for cooperation across a number of fields. China continues to be motivated to work with New Zealand to deepen the friendship between the two peoples, and to promote an attitude of mutual collaboration to further advance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Mayor Justin Lester, Executive Director Simon Draper, President Dave Bromwich and Mr Philip Burdon delivered speeches separately, praising highly of the development of China-New Zealand relations. The speakers all extended their New Year blessings to the audience.

The celebration banquet was kicked off by a lion dance performance. Knowledge quizzes on China and New Zealand culture and history and lucky draws were also held at the event. It was deemed a successful evening, enjoyed by all.

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