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Highlights of Chinese vice president's visit in New Zealand

06-18-2010 17:19 BJT Special Report: Xi Jinping Visits Four Nations |

BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping continued his visit in New Zealand on Thursday and Friday.

The following are highlights of Xi's activities during his visit.

AUCKLAND -- 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.

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.

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.

AUCKLAND -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping held talks with the Governor-General of New Zealand, Anand Satyanand, here on Thursday and both stressed the importance of further enhancing bilateral relations to a new height.

Xi, who arrived here earlier in the day for a three-day official visit, said the bilateral relationship between the two countries is at its best time in history, with frequent high-level exchanges and enhanced mutual political trust.

The exchanges and cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and tourism have also deepened, he said.

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