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Chinese Embassy in New Zealand Hosts 67th National Day Reception

   On the evening of 22 September, Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong hosted a reception in the Embassy in celebration of the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. H.E. Judith Collins, Representative of the New Zealand government and Minister of Police; H.E. David Carter, Speaker of New Zealand House of Representatives; Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal; and over 200 guests attended the reception, including officials from major government departments such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; diplomatic corps; public figures of New Zealand business, academic, cultural and media communities; and representatives of Chinese community, Chinese enterprises in New Zealand and overseas Chinese students.

   Addressing the reception, Ambassador Wang noted that 2016 is the first year of the 13th Five-year Plan period and also a year critical for China to fulfill the task of building of a well-off society in all aspects. China has been persisting in deepening all-round reforms and striven to maintain a steady economy. In July, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China was celebrated. In September, China successfully hosted the G20 Summit, providing the "China Solution" to world development. One week ago, China successfully launched the space lab Tiangong-2. Ambassador Wang noted that China is now at a new historical starting point and will continue along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics toward the Two Centenary Goals (i.e. To finish building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects by the time the Communist Party of China celebrates its centenary in 2021; and to turn China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious by the time the People's Republic of China celebrates its centenary in 2049).

   Ambassador Wang noted that Prime Minister John Key paid a successful visit to China in April 2016 and China-New Zealand relationship had reached an unprecedented breadth and depth with the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries further advanced. Recently, Prime Minister John Key opened a personal WeChat account, adding another "first" to the long list of "firsts" in the bilateral relationship.

   Ambassador Wang highly praised the contributions to the China-New Zealand relationship and the development of China made by Chinese community, Chinese enterprises and Chinese overseas students in New Zealand. Ambassador Wang expressed his willingness to join hands with them to further push forward the bilateral relationship.

   H.E. Judith Collins expressed her appreciation over the efforts made by Ambassador Wang and the Chinese Embassy for the development of China-New Zealand relationship. Minister Collins stressed that New Zealand saw China as the most important partner in various fields. There already had been fruitful achievements in fields like trade and investment, education, tourism, cultural exchanges, film and television industry. The judicial and law enforcement cooperation between the two countries has become a new highlight in bilateral relationship. Minister Collins appreciated the contributions made by Chinese community in New Zealand towards the enhancement of China-New Zealand relationship and reiterated that New Zealand would work together with China to upgrade the bilateral relationship onto a new level.

   H.E David Carter stressed the significance of exchanges at all levels and the cooperation in all areas in the promotion of bilateral relationship and the friendship between the two peoples. Mr. Carter believed that his official visit to China in October this year will further deepen exchanges and cooperation between the legislatures of the two countries. Mr. Carter gave a full appraisal of the important contributions made by Chinese community in New Zealand to the development of New Zealand's multicultural society as well as China-New Zealand relationship. He also expressed his willingness to continue his efforts for the promotion of ChinaNew Zealand relationship.

   The guests offered their congratulations on the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and highly praised the comprehensive development of China - New Zealand relationship. The guests strongly believed that pragmatic cooperation in all areas between China and New Zealand will continue to advance and bring more benefits for the two peoples.

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