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Governor-General Mateparae China visit to promote comprehensive strategic partnership

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-23-2015 16:55 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

The year 2015 marks the first year of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and New Zealand. Invited by President Xi Jinping, New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae is paying a state visit to China from July 20 to 24. Jerry Mateparae is the second Maori governor-general and also the 20th governor-general in the history of New Zealand. This visit follows Xi Jinping’s South Pacific trip last year and will undoubtedly deepen the relationship between the two countries and promote further cooperation.

China-New Zealand relationship a model between developing and developed countries

Although China and New Zealand are far apart, they have a long history of friendly exchanges. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972, China and New Zealand have joined hands to cooperate, build mutual trust and created many firsts in the history of China and developed countries:

New Zealand was the first developed country to conclude bilateral negotiations on China’s access to WTO in August 1997. New Zealand was the first developed country to admit China’s full market economy status in April 2004. New Zealand was the first developed country to initiate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with China in December 2004 and sign an FTA with China in April 2008. New Zealand was the first country to sign an inter-governmental TV co-shooting agreement with China in November 2014.

China has also become New Zealand’s largest-trade-partner, largest origin country of overseas students and second-largest origin country of tourists.

New Zealand is not a big country in the western world, and China and New Zealand have different political systems and ideologies. But their bilateral cooperation is close and efficient, making it a model for developing and developed countries. This sufficiently explains why the long distance and cultural difference are not problems. Different social systems and development models are not necessary to hamper the two countries’ relations. As long as both countries show mutual respect and stick to equality and mutual benefits, they can carry forward an enduring friendship and achieve win-win results. 

China, New Zealand share complementary advantages

Since the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between China and New Zealand in 2008, the average annual growth rate of trade volume between the two countries increased 23 percent. Bilateral trade volume hit New Zealand $12.39 billion in 2013, rising 28 percent year on year. Of which China’s exports to New Zealand were $4.14 billion, year-on-year growth of 6.9 percent. China’s imports from New Zealand totalled $8.25 billion, year-on-year growth of 42 percent.

Up to the end of 2013, the accumulated total investment of China in New Zealand reached $540 million. As of the end of September 2014, New Zealand companies had overall invested $1.33 billion in China. China has become New Zealand’s largest trade partner, export market and source of imports. Statistics show that New Zealand’s exports to China account for a quarter of its total export volume.

In 2013, China and New Zealand achieved the goal of bilateral trade volume reaching NZ$20 billion ahead of schedule. At the beginning of 2014, both countries set a goal of NZ$30 billion trade volume in 2020.

The economic and trade relationship between China and New Zealand is full of vitality. It benefits from the strong economic complementarity of two countries, the huge cooperation potential and broad development prospects. China and New Zealand are both located in the Asia-Pacific region, and their common interests and reciprocal demands continuously expand.

During his visit, Mateparae  is expected to focus discussion on economic and trade cooperation. Both countries should  not only cement the basis for cooperation in traditional fields such as animal husbandry, but also forge new areas for cooperation. China has advantages in infrastructure construction and manufacturing. New Zealand performs well in agricultural science, information technology and clean energy. They can learn from each other and help each other.

Both countries should persist in a mutually beneficial, win-win strategy, opening markets and creating a friendly and fair environment for the other to invest. Both countries should adopt positive measures, promoting the development of economic and trade relations to a new level, striving to achieve the goal of NZ $30 billion bilateral trade in 2020.

Deepening comprehensive strategic partnership

It conforms to mutual benefits for both countries to deepen cooperation in trade, tourism, culture, education and scientific research. During President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand in 2014, leaders of both countries decided to upgrade the bilateral relationship from a comprehensive cooperative relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, projecting establishment of a community of interests. This is the first year of a comprehensive strategic partnership. It is believed Mateparae’s visit could bring more surprises.

China and New Zealand are both members of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and negotiating parties for a regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement. Both can strengthen cooperation within this mechanism, construct the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, forge free trade arrangements beneficial to all parties and promote integration of the Asia-Pacific economy. The South Pacific is an extension of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and needs New Zealand’s participation.

In addition, New Zealand plays an important role in the South Pacific island countries and is also a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council from 2015 to 2016. Both countries need to strengthen cooperation in the South Pole, with Pacific island countries and other international affairs.


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