Li Keqiang Meets with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

On November 4, 2019 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand in Bangkok.

Li Keqiang expressed, despite long distance between China and New Zealand, the two countries enjoy very close cooperation. We are very glad to see the conclusion of the negotiations to upgrade the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which sends a strong signal to the world that the two countries are supporting free trade with concrete actions. Joint efforts are needed from all sides, including China and New Zealand, to address the growing uncertainties on the global horizon and mounting downward pressure on the world economy. On the basis of equal treatment and seeking common ground while reserving differences, China is willing to work with the New Zealand side to respect each other's core interests and major concerns, and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, so as to promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations. The Chinese side is committed to creating a market-oriented, and law-based international business environment, and hopes that the New Zealand side will create a level playing field in New Zealand for Chinese companies to invest and start business. The China-New Zealand Year of Tourism is welcomed by people from all walks of life in both countries. The two sides should further strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges in such fields as tourism, culture and education.

Jacinda Ardern congratulated on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. She said, the New Zealand side attaches great importance to New Zealand-China comprehensive strategic partnership, and firmly adheres to the One China policy. She congratulated China on the considerable improvement of its global ranking in the ease of doing business. The New Zealand side firmly supports the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization as the core. Today, New Zealand and China jointly announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade the FTA, which will bring more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation. The New Zealand side is willing to provide a non-discriminative environment for companies from all countries investing and starting business in New Zealand. The two sides have maintained close communication and coordination in addressing climate change, which demonstrates the depth and breadth of bilateral relations. The New Zealand side appreciates China's contributions to promoting the development of Pacific Island countries and is willing to strengthen trilateral cooperation with China in the Pacific Island countries.

After the meeting, the two sides released a joint press statement announcing the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade the China-New Zealand FTA.

Xiao Jie was present.

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