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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

On April 1, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping once again expressed sincere condolences to the New Zealand side for the deadly shootings in New Zealand not long ago. Xi Jinping pointed out that Madam Prime Minister's visit to China at a moment that your country was facing a special important agenda fully showed the great importance you and the New Zealand government attached to China-New Zealand relations. China has always viewed New Zealand as a sincere friend and cooperative partner. Over the 47 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand, bilateral relations have always been at the forefront among relations between China and Western countries and created many "firsts". At present, the development of bilateral relations faces new situation. Both sides should adhere to the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit and constantly enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to push bilateral relations for further progress. The Chinese side is willing to make concerted efforts with the New Zealand side to maintain the bilateral relations as a "front-runner" in relations between China and Western countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that under the new circumstances, the two countries need to further deepen mutual understanding and trust and respect each other's core interests and major concerns in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and seeking common grounds while reserving differences. Both sides should expand practical cooperation. The Chinese side is willing to continue to support capable enterprises to invest in New Zealand, while the New Zealand side also needs to provide a fair, just and unbiased business environment for Chinese enterprises. We should speed up negotiations on the upgrade of the bilateral free trade agreement to further deepen bilateral economic and trade relations. The Chinese side welcomes New Zealand to actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. Both sides should enhance cooperation in international affairs, jointly strive for an open world economy and uphold multilateralism and multilateral trading regime. The Chinese side attaches importance to coping with the challenges of climate change and is willing to work with the New Zealand side to promote the sustainable development of Pacific island countries. The two countries should also consolidate the social foundation of bilateral relations, further enhance exchanges and cooperation in areas including education, culture, and science and technology, well host China-New Zealand Year of Tourism in 2019, and carry out exchanges between youth, so as to pass the friendship between the two countries on to future generations.

Jacinda Ardern thanked President Xi Jinping for extending condolences over the deadly shooting incident in New Zealand, and expressed condolences for the loss of life in a chemical plant blast in Jiangsu Province not long ago. Noting the long history of friendship between New Zealand and China, Jacinda Ardern said that bilateral relations are very important and that the two countries enjoy a wide range of cooperation areas. The New Zealand side attaches great importance to relations with China and was proud that New Zealand led in many areas in developing relations with China. I agreed with President Xi Jinping's comments on the relations between the two countries, and looked forward to strengthening the New Zealand-China comprehensive strategic partnership and deepening bilateral economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges through this visit. I was willing to reiterate New Zealand's adherence to the one-China policy. New Zealand pursues an independent foreign policy, firmly supports multilateralism and free trade, has long supported the Belt and Road Initiative and participated in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank very early. New Zealand will send a high-level delegation to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing to deepen the cooperation in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The New Zealand side is ready to enhance cooperation and coordination with the Chinese side on major international issues including climate change.

Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.

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