Beijing, 6 November 2023 (TDI): On Monday, Wang Yi, the head of the CPC Central Committee’s Foreign Affairs Commission, had a meeting with John Key, the former New Zealand Prime Minister, in Beijing.

Wang Yi, who is also a member of the CPC Central Committee’s Political Bureau, stated that China and New Zealand share mutual respect and cooperation that benefit both countries and their people, and that the stable and consistent progress of their bilateral relations has also contributed to the regional stability.

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Wang expressed China’s readiness to work well with New Zealand’s new government, enhance high-level dialogue, start a fresh phase of the comprehensive strategic partnership, and achieve new progress in collaboration.

John Key said that he was confident that the new government of New Zealand will keep giving high priority to its relations with China, uphold the one-China policy and deepen its win-win cooperation with China.

Key also said that he was willing to do his part to improve the New Zealand-China relations.

Previously, on June 28, The Prime Minister of New Zealand Chris Hipkins on meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping also emphasized the importance of bilateral relations between the two nations.

Both leaders looked back on the 50 years of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand.

Hipkins called it a “very important bilateral achievement.” The bilateral relationship has many aspects, including strong economic, social and cultural links, and my visit aims to strengthen and update those links.

President Xi also commended the strong and enduring partnership between China and New Zealand, noting that despite the evolving global context, the bilateral relations have flourished steadily and remained resilient.