China News Agency, Beijing, December 10th. On the 10th, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with New Zealand’s new Foreign Minister Mahuta at the appointment.

  Mahuta said that the relationship between New Zealand and China is one of New Zealand's most important bilateral relations, bringing tangible benefits to the people of the two countries, and is becoming more mature and stable.

New Zealand firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and the two countries respect each other and help each other in the fight against the epidemic.

China took the lead in realizing positive economic growth, indicating that China has achieved remarkable results in fighting the epidemic.

New Zealand spoke highly of President Xi Jinping’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality and welcomed China’s leadership in climate change.

New Zealand is willing to actively participate in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as vaccine research and development, carry out tripartite cooperation in Pacific island country affairs, and promote the establishment of a rules-based multilateral trading system.

  Wang Yi congratulated Mahuta on taking office as Foreign Minister and said that China and New Zealand are important partners to each other. I appreciate the fact that Ms. Foreign Minister stated that building awareness of China is the top priority since she took office.

Over the years, China and New Zealand have appreciated each other, respected each other, understood each other, and trusted each other. The bilateral relationship maintained a good momentum of development and became a model of mutually beneficial cooperation between countries with different social systems, different stages of development, and different economies.

The exchanges between the two countries have created a number of "firsts" and played an important role in demonstrating.

The successful conclusion of the negotiations on the upgrade of the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement has opened up new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

China and Singapore have provided valuable support to each other in preventing and controlling the epidemic and reviving the economy. They have maintained good coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, which fully demonstrates the due meaning of the China-Singapore comprehensive strategic partnership.

  Wang Yi said that China is willing to work with New Zealand to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and continue to uphold the spirit of "competing first" to promote greater development of China-New Zealand relations in the new era.

The two sides should sign the upgrade protocol of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible, speed up the negotiation and signing of specific plans for China-Singapore "Belt and Road" cooperation, and actively cultivate cooperation growth points in emerging areas.

It is hoped that New Zealand will provide an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies in New Zealand based on the principles of market economy and the spirit of the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

  Wang Yi said that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China firmly upholds the international system with the United Nations as its core, the international order based on international law, and the free trade system based on the WTO. China has always insisted that all countries, large and small, are equal, and is willing to continue to work with the international community, including New Zealand, to promote the democratization of international relations and promote globalization in a more inclusive, inclusive, and win-win direction. China attaches importance to and supports New Zealand in hosting the 2021 APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting, and is willing to work with New Zealand to promote the regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement to take effect as soon as possible. China is happy to see New Zealand play a more important role in international and regional affairs, and is willing to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with New Zealand on climate change and Pacific island countries. (Finish)