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Premier Li's visit shows China-New Zealand ties on good trajectory: expert

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Premier Li's visit shows China-New Zealand ties on good trajectory: expert

2024-06-13 21:09 Last Updated At:21:37

Chinese Premier Li Qiang's visit to New Zealand is a positive sign that bilateral ties are on a good trajectory, showing the two sides' willingness to strengthen exchanges despite differences, an expert on New Zealand-China relations said on Thursday.

Premier Li arrived in New Zealand on Thursday for an official visit, the first leg of his three-nation tour from June 13 to 20. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to New Zealand, as well as the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and New Zealand.

Dr. Jason Young is director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Center. He told CGTN that the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries has produced successes in various areas, despite differences on certain issues.

"High-level visits are important part of a diplomacy and relationships between nations. The fact that the Premier is visiting is a positive sign that New Zealand-China relations are on a good trajectory," he said.

"I think 10 years on, there's been some amazing successes from that agreement, so in particular, trade, people-to-people links, cultural exchanges, and then there's been some other areas which have not been as successful and show that there's more work to be done," said the expert.

The Chinese premier said upon arrival that he looks forward to having in-depth exchanges of views with New Zealand leaders and people from all walks of life on China-New Zealand relations and issues of common concern, and to further deepening exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

Dr. Young noted that there is a willingness on both governments to have a productive and constructive relationship.

"And as a mature relationship, there's also a willingness I think on both sides to face up to some of the differences and some of the issues that are in the relationship between the two countries. I think that's very healthy," he said.

When speaking of future opportunities for cooperation, Young put a special emphasis on education and people-to-people exchanges.

"Obviously science, technology, education are very important, and there's a lot of growth space in those areas I think. And then of course, maintaining a positive environment and architecture for people-to-people engagement would be great to see more New Zealanders have opportunities to visit and to engage in Chinese academia for example," said the expert.

Premier Li's visit shows China-New Zealand ties on good trajectory: expert

Premier Li's visit shows China-New Zealand ties on good trajectory: expert

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Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

2024-07-22 22:24 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang has called for efforts to push forward high-standard opening-up and actively explore and innovate to motivate more momentum and vitality, so as to advance high-quality development in further deepening reform comprehensively.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a research trip to north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday.

Li first visited the core area of the Tiankai Higher Education Innovation Park, where he learned about the park's construction and operation, and had talks with researchers and heads of sci-tech financial institutions as well as start-ups.

Saying that the key to fostering new growth drivers and developing new quality productivity lies in reform and innovation, Li underlined staying focused on integrated development of sci-tech innovation and industrial innovation, therefore building a more efficient and attractive sci-tech innovation platform.

He called for more support for small and medium-sized sci-tech firms and incentives for sci-tech personnel in terms of policies and funding, so as to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, and accelerate the development of new quality productivity.

The park, inaugurated in May, was established through the collaboration of Tianjin-based top-notched universities including Tianjin University and Nankai University.

Li then visited the branch of the world-leading elevator manufacturer Otis and CDHorizon, a world's top integrated equipment operation service provider, in the Binhai New Area.

Li urged efforts to make good use of policies for supporting the large renewal of equipment and to support enterprises in promoting the new application of artificial intelligence, so that more enterprises and products with core competitiveness can compete to emerge.

The premier also highlighted innovative use of financial leasing and other financial instruments, thus better serving the real economy.

Li called on the Binhai New Area to take the lead in better stimulating impetus and vitality in deepening reform, underlining the reform in institutions and mechanisms of the pilot free trade zone, financial innovation and development, and high-level opening up to the outside world.

Li also emphasized the need to accelerate the integrated development of ports, industries and cities by leveraging strengths and characteristics, in order to integrate resources and enhance their role in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Fully acknowledging Tianjin's achievements in socio-economic development, Li expressed his hope that the municipality will forge ahead and constantly scale new heights in promoting high-quality development.

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

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