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Ambassador Wang Lutong makes farewell visits to the New Zealand side

   Before his departure, Ambassador Wang Lutong made farewell visits to the New Zealand side. He had contacts and in-depth conversation with the Governor-General of New Zealand The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker, Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor, Minister of Defence Ron Mark, as well as Members of Parliament and heads of various government departments.

   Ambassador Wang noted that over the last four years, China-New Zealand relations have achieved multiple 'firsts' and have become the model of China's relations with developed Western countries. The recently held 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will bring even more opportunities for bilateral relations to grow and flourish. China is keen to work together with the new government of New Zealand and the wider community, to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and further advance China-New Zealand relations.

   The New Zealand side acknowledged that the new government attaches great importance to its relations with China. As New Zealand-China relations face new development opportunities, New Zealand will further strengthen bilateral and multilateral coordination and cooperation between the two countries. It is a shared belief that bilateral relations will achieve greater development in the future. The New Zealand Government sincerely thanks Ambassador Wang for his contribution to the development of bilateral relations and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.

   Ambassador Wang also bid farewell to the local Overseas Chinese community and the President and members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.

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