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China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

2024-06-13 19:35 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang met with New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in Wellington on Thursday, with both sides agreeing to expand bilateral trade and investment and deepen personnel exchanges.

During their talks, Li said his visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping's state visit to New Zealand and the establishment of China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.

No matter how the international landscape has changed over the past decade, China and New Zealand have consistently adhered to mutual respect, inclusiveness, cooperation and joint development, promoting bilateral relations to achieve substantial progress, and creating multiple "firsts" in bilateral cooperation, he said.

China is willing to work with New Zealand to continue their traditional friendship, enhance the spirit of "striving to be the first", jointly stimulate growth, and make efforts to upgrade the China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership to bring more benefits to their people, Li added.

Li said that the respective development of China and New Zealand is an opportunity for each other rather than a challenge, calling on the two countries to continue as partners of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit that learn from each other and foster unity and coordination.

China stands ready to work with New Zealand in continuously expanding trade, exploring cooperation potential in sectors including digital economy, green economy, new energy vehicles and creative industry, and jointly promoting regional economic cooperation, said the Chinese premier.

He also called on New Zealand and China to eliminate non-economic interference in their economic and trade relations to provide businesses with stable expectations and a favorable business environment, adding that China welcomes more investment from New Zealand enterprises.

Noting that China is willing to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with New Zealand, Li said China will include New Zealand in the list of unilateral visa-free countries and expressed the hope that New Zealand will facilitate easier travels for Chinese citizens visiting the country.

China and New Zealand are both firm supporters of multilateralism, free trade and an open world economy, Li said, calling on the two nations to strengthen communication and coordination in multilateral fields, and promote all parties to stick together through thick and thin for win-win cooperation.

Luxon said that since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between New Zealand and China 10 years ago, bilateral economic and trade relations have maintained strong development and personnel exchanges have been very close, benefiting the people of the two countries.

New Zealand firmly adheres to the one-China policy and is willing to strengthen high-level communication and dialogues at all levels with China, further deepen cooperation in agriculture, food, creative industries and environmental protection, promote people-to-people exchanges and push for sustained and in-depth development of bilateral relations, he said.

New Zealand is willing to strengthen law enforcement cooperation with China, strengthen coordination and cooperation within multilateral frameworks such as APEC, and jointly address global issues such as climate change, Luxon added.

Li and Luxon both agreed that China-New Zealand relations have achieved satisfactory development achievements. The two sides will continue to view and handle bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, expand bilateral trade and investment cooperation, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, work together to uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote the sustained, sound and steady development of China-New Zealand relations. The two countries agreed to initiate negotiations on service trade negative lists.

Following the talks, Li and Luxon jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents on trade in services, business environment, export of agricultural and food products to China, science and technology, patent examination and protection of migratory birds, and jointly met the press. The two sides also issued a joint outcome statement of the meeting.

Prior to the talks, Luxon held a grand welcome ceremony for Li on the North Lawn of the Government House in Wellington.

New Zealand Governor-General Cindy Kiro and her husband attended the welcome ceremony.

Li arrived in New Zealand on the same day for an official visit, the first leg of his three-nation tour from June 13 to 20.

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

China, New Zealand pledge to expand trade, deepen personnel exchanges

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Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

2024-07-15 05:24 Last Updated At:06:27

Local governments in areas hit by recent downpours in China are intensifying efforts to rescue residents trapped by floods, as torrential rains persist across some regions in the country.

On Saturday, heavy rainfall in Neijiang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, led to urban waterlogging and landslides in some areas. The local firefighters swiftly responded to rescue operations. Firefighters transferred residents trapped in low-lying areas to safe place promptly, especially the elderly with mobility difficulties.

Rubber boats were also used to rescue and transport stranded passengers from cars as floodwaters inundated the streets. Water suction pumps were deployed to drain water from waterlogged residential areas, ensuring the safety and convenience of affected residents.

In addition, a landslide caused by the heavy rainfall sent a large amount of soil and gravel downhill, blocking the exit routes of a residential building at the foot of the hill and trapping residents inside. local firefighters quickly entered the building to conduct emergency search and rescue operations, successfully evacuating five stranded individuals.

As rainfall persisted in Neijiang, a level-III emergency response for flood control was implemented on Sunday morning.

In addition to Neijiang, some parts of Xinyang City in central China's Henan Province were hit by recent torrential rains, with rainfall peaking at 58.1 mm per hour. On Saturday afternoon, Zhaopeng Village in Shangcheng County experienced rising floodwaters, trapping elderly people and children in their homes. Local rescuers swiftly responded, using rubber boats to transfer the trapped villagers or carry them on back to safety.

As of Sunday morning, heavy rainfall continued in Xinyang, prompting the local meteorological station to issue an orange alert for rainstorms.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most urgent response, and a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

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