Recently, Ambassador Wang Lutong met with David Carter, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, and members of the delegation accompanying Speaker Carter to visit China, National Party MP Ian McKelvie, Labour Party MP Stuart Nash, Green Party MP Eugenie Sage and NZ First Party MP Pita Paraone. Also present at the meeting were the Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, Qu Guangzhou, and the Director of Political Section, Zhang Lei.
Ambassador Wang noted that Speaker Carter will visit China at the invitation of Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. This is another important high -level visit between China and New Zealand, which is of great significance to the enhancement of exchanges and cooperation between the legislatures of the two countries. China is willing to work with New Zealand to ensure the success of Speaker Carter’s China visit.
Speaker Carter expressed his gratitude towards Chairman Zhang Dejiang for his invitation to visit China. He noted that this will be his first visit to China as the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives and is also the second visit of a Speaker of the House to China after a lapse of 13 years. Speaker Carter and all the delegation members are looking forward to the visit to China. Speaker Carter spoke highly of the development of China – New Zealand relations, stressing that legislative exchanges are very important in the promotion of bilateral relations. Speaker Carter hoped that his China visit will promote the development of bilateral relations and further advance pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, trade and investment.