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Congratulatory Message from Ambassador Wu Xi to the "Multicultural Festival in celebration of Chinese New Year Gala Performance"
2021/02/03

 

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy,

Hon Grant Robertson,

President Rachel Qi,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends:

I would like to send my warmest congratulations to the Multicultural Festival in celebration of Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox.

In the Chinese culture, ox symbolises hardworking. In the past year, through hardwork from both sides, China and NZ relationship has maintained a steady development and the two sides have actively implemented the consensus reached by our leaders, and made important progress in various areas of exchange and cooperation. The two countries have closely cooperated in putting the pandemic under control and reviving economy. Despite of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, trade volume between our two countries has secured the goal of NZ$30 billion one year ahead of schedule. China stands ready to work with New Zealand to enhance dialogues and exchanges, foster new growth areas for cooperation, and deliver more outcomes in the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Ox also symbolises down-to-earth. The Chinese government bears in mind the mission of striving for the well-being of the Chinese people and contributing to the progress of humankind. Our government has always followed a people-centered development philosophy and worked tirelessly to deliver a better life for the people of China. Despite the grave and complex environment posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, China managed to bring its economic growth back to a pre-pandemic rate. Its full-year GDP exceeded 100 trillion yuan for the first time with the full-year expansion to 2.3 percent. That is a good start for China to embark on a new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country.

President Xi Jinping once said, “Cultures become diverse through exchange and rich through mutual learning. Intercultural exchange and mutual learning are important impetuses for the progress of human civilization and world peace and development.” Let me wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Ox and the Performance a complete success!

Wu Xi

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to New Zealand

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