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Ambassador Wu Xi meets with former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark

On August 17, Ambassador Wu Xi met with former New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark, in Auckland. The two sides exchanged views on a range of issues, including China-New Zealand relations. Also present at the meeting was the Chinese Consul General in Auckland, Madam Xu Erwen.

Ambassador Wu noted that China-New Zealand relations developed significantly during the Rt Hon Helen Clark’s term of office, creating a long list of ‘firsts’ in China’s relations with developed countries. China appreciates the efforts made by Helen Clark in this respect. China attaches great importance to the development of China-New Zealand relations and would like to continue to expand and deepen practical cooperation with New Zealand, for the benefits of the two countries and the two peoples. Ambassador Wu hoped that the Rt Hon Helen Clark could continue to play an active role in promoting China-New Zealand relations.

The Rt Hon Helen Clark noted that New Zealand’s successive governments have all attached importance to developing the relations with China. She was pleased to have been able to promote China-New Zealand relations during her tenure. She also expressed her willingness to continue to work for the promotion of friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two countries for greater development in bilateral relations.

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