Economic integration

China, New Zealand to jointly promote regional economic integration

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that China and New Zealand should uphold and practice genuine multilateralism and come together to promote regional economic integration.

President Xi made the remarks during a phone conversation with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand.

Noting that next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand, he called for joint efforts to promote solid and steady development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

China welcomes New Zealand’s participation in the high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and stands ready to expand cooperation with the country in R&D on vaccines, environmental protection, clean energy, food security, science, technology and education, he said.

Speaking about the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in 2021, Xi said China supports New Zealand in hosting the meeting and stands ready to work with other parties to achieve positive results from the meeting. informal meeting of APEC leaders.

Ardern thanked China for supporting New Zealand as host of the APEC meeting and welcomed President Xi’s attendance at the informal APEC leaders’ meeting this week. next.

Relations between New Zealand and China are among the most important bilateral relations for her country, she said.

New Zealand firmly adheres to the one-China principle and appreciates China’s efforts and contributions to combating climate change and protecting biodiversity, she said, adding that New Zealand firmly believes that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics would be a total success.