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Ambassador Wu Xi meets with Minister of Defence Ron Mark

On July 30, 2018, Ambassador Wu Xi met with New Zealand’s Minster of Defence The Honourable Ron Mark. The two sides exchanged views on a range of issues, including the development of China-New Zealand relations, and military cooperation.

Ambassador Wu noted that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand, bilateral relations have maintained their momentum and continued to develop. In recent years, with the deepening of cooperation in various fields, the China-New Zealand relationship has created multiple ‘firsts’ in China’s relations with developed countries. Military exchanges are an important part of bilateral relations, and play an active role in enhancing political mutual trust, consolidating cooperation and safeguarding regional and global peace and stability. China has made tremendous achievements over the past 40 years since the establishment of its policy of reforms and opening-up, and ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ is the preferred option of the Chinese people. China's further reform and opening up will bring new opportunities for cooperation between China and New Zealand. China would like to work with New Zealand to further advance practical cooperation between the two countries, and in particular the two militaries, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. This will continue to consolidate our comprehensive strategic partnership.

Ron Mark noted that New Zealand attaches importance to developing relations with China. The New Zealand Government is keen to work with China to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and especially to strengthen military collaboration. Both New Zealand and China are committed to safeguarding international peace, global order and regional security. While engaging in practical bilateral cooperation, the two countries have also made contributions to international peacekeeping, and have worked to reduce the impact of climate change. Joint military exercises in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief are examples of cooperation between the two countries.

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