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Chinese Embassy in New Zealand hosts 68th National Day Reception

    On September 26th, Ambassador Wang Lutong and his wife held a reception at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over 400 people attended the reception, including the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, The Right Honourable David Carter; New Zealand Trade Minister, The Honourable Todd McClay; the Chief of the NZDF, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating, and the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short; Members of the New Zealand Parliament; officials from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ministry of Defence; foreign envoys in New Zealand; public figures from the wider community; overseas Chinese; representatives from Chinese enterprises in New Zealand and overseas Chinese students.

    Ambassador Wang Lutong noted in his speech that, since the founding of the People's Republic of China 68 years ago, the Communist Party of China has led people of all ethnic groups in the country to forge ahead and accomplished great achievements in various fields. In 2017, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army were celebrated. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing on October 18 to review the work of the past five years and clarify future directions, goals and action programs of the Party and the country. The Congress is of great significance to the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics and will bring more opportunities for the development of bilateral relations and pragmatic cooperation in various fields between China and New Zealand.

    In 2017, China's economy has maintained a steady development pace with a good momentum for growth, making increasing contributions to the growth of the world economy. China will provide the world with a broader market, more capital, richer products and more valuable cooperative opportunities. In 2017, China has continued approaching the world with an open attitude. At the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, President Xi Jinping elaborated on the position and proposition of creating a community of a shared future for mankind. China has successfully held the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the 9th BRICS Summit, and the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, making its contributions by providing Chinese solutions for the promotion of global governance and the deepening of South-South cooperation.

    In 2017, the relationship between China and New Zealand continues to proceed steadily, with Premier Li Keqiang's successful visit to New Zealand in March scaling new heights in bilateral relations. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, China is willing to work with New Zealand to maintain a stable momentum of the development of bilateral relations and further enrich the connotation of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to bring greater benefits to the two peoples.

    Speaker Carter delivered a warm speech, congratulating China on its 68th anniversary and praising it highly for its outstanding achievements as one of the world's leaders. Speaker Carter reflected on the history of China – New Zealand relations, commenting highly on the great progress achieved over the past 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, stressing that China is an important partner of New Zealand. The New Zealand Government is willing to strengthen cooperation with China under the Belt and Road Initiative and continues to promote the NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations for the benefit of the two peoples. Speaker Carter also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Ambassador Wang Lutong and his wife for their efforts and contributions to the development of China – New Zealand relations.

    The atmosphere of the reception was warm and cordial. A publicity film on the Belt and Road Initiative was played for the guests and a Chinese Story photo exhibition was organized for the reception. The participating guests expressed their warm congratulations on the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, speaking highly of China's achievements and the significant progress of China – New Zealand relations. It is believed that pragmatic cooperation in various fields between the two countries will continue to advance, forging more 'first' in bilateral relations.

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