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Ambassador Wu Xi attends the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Reception

On September 27, 2018, Ambassador Wu Xi was invited to attend the New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW) Reception at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and delivered a speech.

In her speech, Ambassador Wu noted that mutual understanding is the foundation of friendship and language is the bridge for communication. She also pointed out that China's reform and opening-up is a process of actively engaging with the rest of the world, as well as a course of mutual learning. While we learn from others, we would like to share our culture, dream and vision for the world with other countries.There has been a long history between China and New Zealand for cultural and people-to-people exchanges. The Chinese Language Week adds to the long list of “Firsts” in China-New Zealand relations. I believe this is the most popular “First” in our relationship, because it is a people-driven “First” and it provides practical platform for Kiwis to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture. She wished the New Zealand Chinese Language Week a complete success.

In their speeches, the New Zealand Labour Party MP and NZCLW Co-Chair Raymond Huo, and the former New Zealand Ambassador to China and NZCLW trustee Tony Browne both expressed their gratitude to the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand for its great support of the NZCLW. They also noted that they will actively promote the NZCLW activities to further advance cultural exchanges between the two countries.

It is reported that the 2018 NZCLW marks the fourth year of the kiwi-led initiative since 2015, and it is the first nationwide ‘Chinese Language Week’ launched by a Western developed country.

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