On June 13, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a video conference with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta upon request.
Si Ms. Mahuta said the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China was a milestone in relations between the two countries. New Zealand is committed to developing New Zealand-China comprehensive strategic partnership, and promoting pragmatic cooperation in areas such as economy and trade and promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries. New Zealand has always followed the one-China policy and has accepted the respect of China’s part for New Zealand’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy. The two countries can achieve common goals through dialogue and cooperation in areas such as responding to climate change, combating the COVID-19 epidemic and promoting regional development and prosperity.
Wang said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations half a century ago, China-New Zealand relations have withstood changes in the international situation and stood as a successful example of win-win cooperation between the two. countries with different social systems, cultures and histories, and stages of development. By maintaining bilateral relations, the two countries have created many “number 1s”. In addition, relations between the two countries play a guiding role in China’s relations with developed countries. The China side welcomed that the New Zealand government practices a positive and pragmatic policy with China and considers its relationship with China as one of the main directions in foreign relations. China attaches great importance to the status and role of New Zealand, has always regarded it as an important strategic partner and has full confidence in the prospects of relations between the two countries. Both sides should be eager to review the successful experience of the past 50 years in bilateral relations, consolidate mutual trust, focus on mutually beneficial cooperation, and make the bilateral relationship more mature, strong. , mutually beneficial and win-win over the next 50 years.
Wang said, “As Madam Foreign Minister has repeatedly mentioned, China-New Zealand relations have become more and more mature and show strong resilience. Mutual respect is the most important experience of the past 50 years of relations between the two countries.Both sides respect each other’s chosen path of development, all practice independent foreign policy, all value and promote multilateralism, never impose their the will of the other party, and not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. These valuable experiences deserve to be continued and upheld. »
Wang said China was ready to work with New Zealand to vigorously implement the important consensus reached by the heads of state of the two countries, promote political trust in each other, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, said good at the history of friendly exchanges between the two countries and strong the basis of public opinion for relations between the two countries. Both sides should also implement the “China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Upgrading Protocol”, make good use of the China-New Zealand dialogue on climate change at the ministerial level, and expedite the implementation of the green revolution. -o. President Xi Jinping has successively proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI), and China has invited New Zealand to actively participate.
Wang said exchanges and cooperation between China and Pacific island countries have a long history, are rapidly developing, and are an important part of South-South cooperation. As the largest developing country, China hopes to share its own development opportunities with the island nations that have diplomatic relations with it and help them accelerate their development. New Zealand is a champion of multilateralism in the region and has always been committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region. China respects the traditional relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific island nations as well as regional cooperation mechanisms. Cooperation between China and Pacific Island countries with diplomatic relations with China is not contrary to existing arrangements in the region. On the other hand, they cooperate with each other. Based on the expectations of the Pacific island nations, China is ready to continue to undertake more tripartite and multi-party cooperation projects with New Zealand, and jointly establish an open, inclusive, supportive and cooperative South Pacific.
Si Ms. Mahuta said the Pacific island nations face serious challenges such as combating the Covid-19 outbreak, economic recovery and responding to climate change. New Zealand and China must help the island nations overcome these challenges through bilateral and multilateral platforms. The New Zealand side considers IDM and ISM of strategic importance, and hopes to make a joint effort with the Chinese side for development and security around the world.
The two sides also exchanged international and regional issues of frequent concern.