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Ambassador Wu Xi attends the China Business Summit and delivers a speech

On May 6, 2019, Ambassador Wu Xi was invited to attend the China Business Summit in Auckland, where she delivered a speech on current China-New Zealand relations and cooperation between the two countries under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Over 300 people attended the summit, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, a number of MPs, government officials, and representatives from Chinese and New Zealand enterprises.

In her speech, Ambassador Wu noted that high-level exchanges provide strategic direction to bilateral relations. During Prime Minister Ardern's visit to China, the two leaders agreed to strengthen the China-New Zealand Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, giving the direction for bilateral relations. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations have been progressing well. The two countries have taken great strides to cooperate on many fields, and have an impressive list of 'firsts' among China's relations with developed countries. However, in today's complex and ever-changing international environment, the two sides need look ahead, step up the pace of cooperation and properly handle sensitive issues to further advance bilateral relations.

Ambassador Wu highlighted the rich content of the Belt and Road Initiative and the fruitful outcomes of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. She noted that China and New Zealand are highly complementary in economy, and the BRI is an important platform for China and New Zealand to promote practical cooperation. The two sides should seize opportunities and explore new ideas to engage in more mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds.

Ambassador Wu stressed that mutual understanding and trust serves as the bedrock of bilateral relations. She hopes that New Zealand will continue to respect the development path China has chosen, and view China's development and international role in a positive way. She also hopes that Chinese enterprises operating in New Zealand be treated in a fair, transparent and unbiased way. Ambassador Wu encourages the wider community from both countries to work together and create more 'firsts' in China-New Zealand relations.

During the business summit, Ambassador Wu talked with Prime Minister Ardern and Minister Parker.

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