Chinese FM calls for new growth areas for China-New Zealand cooperation

Added On January 15, 2021

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on China and New Zealand to sign the protocol to upgrade the free trade deal at an early date, speed up the consultation and signing of concrete plans for Belt and Road cooperation, and actively foster new growth points of cooperation in emerging areas.

Wang made the remarks during a phone conversation with New Zealand's new Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.  
Noting that New Zealand-China relations are one of the most important bilateral ties of New Zealand, Mahuta said The two countries' ties are becoming increasingly mature and stable, and have brought tangible benefits to their people.
New Zealand firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and the two countries respect each other, and have been supporting and helping each other in the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said New Zealand is willing to actively participate in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as vaccine research and development, carry out tripartite cooperation in affairs of Pacific island countries, and promote the establishment of a rules-based multilateral trading system.
For his part, Wang congratulated Mahuta on taking office as foreign minister of New Zealand, saying China and New Zealand are important partners of cooperation to each other.
Wang said, For years, China and New Zealand have appreciated, respected, understood and trusted each other, the bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of development and become a model of mutually beneficial cooperation between countries that are different in social systems, stages of development and economic sizes.
The two countries have concluded the negotiations on upgrading the free trade agreement and it has created new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides.
Wang said China is ready to make joint efforts with New Zealand to implement the important consensus of the two countries' leaders and continue to uphold the spirit of "striving to be the first" and push for greater development of China-New Zealand relations in the new era.