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Chinese vice president hails ties with New Zealand

06-18-2010 13:39 BJT Special Report: Xi Jinping Visits Four Nations |

AUCKLAND, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping spoke highly of the relations between China and New Zealand on Friday in Auckland, proposing more measures to advance the bilateral relationship.

In talks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Xi said currently the relationship between the countries is at its best time.

He said the two sides see frequent exchange of high-level visits, noting that thanks to the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), remarkable achievements have been scored in bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

In October 2008, China and New Zealand signed the FTA, the first of its kind between China and a developed country.

The FTA has boosted the bilateral trade, with the trade volume increased by 3.6 percent in 2009 despite the worldwide economic and trade downturn.

Xi stressed that the Chinese side has always taken a strategic and long-term approach towards its ties with New Zealand. It also regards New Zealand as a good friend and good partner in the Asia- Pacific region.

The vice president put forward four-point proposals on further boosting bilateral relationship, including more political, economic and cultural exchange and more coordination on major international issues.

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