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Premier Li meets with Governor-General of New Zealand

Updated: Mar 28,2017 10:17 PM

Premier Li Keqiang meets with Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy in Auckland on March 28, 2017.[Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang met with Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy in Auckland on March 28.

The Premier first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s greetings to Ms. Reddy.

China and New Zealand have enjoyed strong political mutual trust and developed sound relations with a solid foundation of public support, Premier Li said. With joint efforts from the two sides, China–New Zealand relations have kept setting new records in China’s relations with Western developed countries. These have not only promoted the common interests of both countries, but also contributed to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, the Premier said.

Premier Li said that during his visit, he and New Zealand leaders have had candid and friendly exchanges. With extensive contacts with people from all walks of life in New Zealand, the Premier noted that the bilateral cooperation is highly complementary and has broad prospects.

Both China and New Zealand respect cultural diversity. The interaction between different cultures can inspire people’s wisdom, unify the dream of mankind and thus make the world more splendid, Premier Li said.

China is ready to join efforts with New Zealand to promote bilateral exchanges in education, tourism, culture and other sectors to bring their friendship and cooperation to a new high, the Premier said.

Ms. Reddy warmly welcomed Premier Li and wished that his visit will be a complete success. She said that New Zealand attaches high importance to its friendship and cooperation with China, and its future is closely interconnected with China’s development.

New Zealand is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China to better benefit the people of both nations, she added.