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Ambassador Wang Lutong meets with high ranking personnel of New Zealand Parliament

    On May 25 and 26, Ambassador Wang Lutong met with David Carter, the Speaker of New Zealand House of Representatives; Chester Borrows, Deputy Speaker; and Todd Muller, Chairperson of the Parliament Select Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the promotion of China - New Zealand relations, the strengthening of cooperation on "One Belt, One Road" initiative and the advancement of exchanges between legislative organs of the two countries.

    Ambassador Wang noted that the successful visit to New Zealand by Premier Li Keqiang in March this year has lifted the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries to new heights. At present, the two sides are actively implementing the results of the visit and advancing pragmatic cooperation in various fields. New Zealand is the first South Pacific country to sign a cooperative document with China on "One Belt, One Road" initiative. The attendance of Hon Paul Goldsmith, Science and Innovation Minister, to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing fully embodied the importance attached by the New Zealand Government to "One Belt, One Road" initiative and China–New Zealand relations. Legislative exchanges and cooperation are important components of China–New Zealand relations. The Chinese side attaches great importance to its relationship with the New Zealand Parliament. China appreciates the efforts made by the New Zealand Parliament over the years in the promotion of bilateral relations. China is willing to work together with New Zealand to further advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields at different levels, including legislative organs.

     Speaker Carter, Deputy Speaker Borrows and Chairperson Muller all agreed with Ambassador Wang on his positive remarks on China–New Zealand relations and emphasized that New Zealand has a strong intention to develop its relationship with China. There is a huge potential for bilateral cooperation with bright prospects. The New Zealand Parliament supports exchanges between the two countries and is willing to work with China to further promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields including the legislative area to achieve new results.

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