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Premier Li calls for closer innovation cooperation with New Zealand

Updated: Mar 29,2017 5:11 AM     Xinhua

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Premier Li Keqiang visited a Chinese-owned research and development (R & D) center on March 28, and called for closer bilateral innovation cooperation.

The R & D center was established in 2014 by Chinese household appliance giant Haier and New Zealand-based Fisher & Paykel, which was bought by Haier Group in 2012. The center mainly focuses on developing cutting-edge technology in household appliances.

Premier Li encouraged the technicians of both sides to enhance innovation cooperation, so as to create more innovative technology and high-quality products.

Noting that China regards innovation as the top driving force of development, Premier Li said that China and New Zealand should make use of each other’s complementary advantages to develop some world-leading products.

Premier Li noted that the two countries should work together to explore third-party markets, so as to realize common benefits for each party.

Premier Li arrived in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, on March 27 afternoon to continue his visit to the country. He is scheduled to wrap up his whole trip on March 29.