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Ambassador Wang Lutong and the New Zealand Prime Minister attend the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand's 2016 AGM
On the morning of June 18, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand's 2016 AGM was held in Auckland. Nearly 100 people attended the event including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong, China's Consul General in Auckland Xu Erwen, the Chinese Embassy's Economic and Commercial Counsellor Zhang Fan and business representatives from the two countries.

Ambassador Wang Lutong noted in his speech that 2016 was the first year of China's "13th Five-year Plan", and China's reform and opening up had created tremendous opportunities for the development of China – New Zealand relations. New Zealand is the first developed country to sign a free trade agreement with China, the first developed country to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and to engage in tripartite cooperation with China.  China – New Zealand relations are at a historic high. New Zealand is one of the most open and competitive economies in the world, providing an ideal business environment for the service sector and SMEs. The New Zealand government welcomes Chinese enterprises to New Zealand. The two governments will join hands to create favourable conditions for closer and deeper cooperation between businesses from both countries.

Ambassador Wang fully affirmed the Chinese Chamber of Commerce's achievements over the past year and appreciated the contribution made by its members towards the promotion of bilateral cooperation over the years.  Ambassador Wang hoped Chinese businesses in New Zealand would take a global perspective, maintain an open attitude, continue learning and forging new friendships to build the Chinese Chamber of Commerce into one of the most influential and competitive trade associations – able to achieve great things.
Prime Minister John Key highly rated China – New Zealand relations during the course of his speech and answered questions raised by members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce on issues relating to tourism infrastructure, approval of foreign investment in New Zealand, the impact of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on New Zealand and participation by Chinese business in New Zealand infrastructure development. At the conference, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce also issued letters of appointment for the five members of the newly established Advisory Committee of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.

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