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Trade ties with New Zealand provide solid ground for productive visit by Chinese premier: expert

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Trade ties with New Zealand provide solid ground for productive visit by Chinese premier: expert

2024-06-13 22:08 Last Updated At:06-14 01:57

Hefty trade between China and New Zealand has driven strong relations that are giving rise to new collaborative efforts in areas like green energy and boosting regional cooperation, said a Chinese scholar amid an official visit of Chinese Premier Li Qiang to the Pacific country.

Premier Li landed in New Zealand's capital city of Wellington on Thursday, starting his official visits to New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia from June 13 to 20.

Li 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, to furthering deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and to updating the China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.

Looking toward the future development of bilateral relations, Chen Hong, director of the New Zealand Studies Center at East China Normal University, described the visit by the Chinese Premier as a precious opportunity to broaden and deepen cooperation.

"Trade has been the most important driving factor that has been at play in the development of the China-New Zealand relations. New Zealand's agricultural and husbandry products, dairy products, seafood have been favorites for Chinese consumers, while China's manufactured goods, like household appliances, machinery, cars, especially electric vehicles sell very well in New Zealand markets. I need to point out that apart from the traditional areas of trade, as mentioned above, both countries are exploring new areas of cooperation. In particular, I think, clean energy, blue economy," said Chen.

He continued that although New Zealand is a developed country, its infrastructure, in particular, roads and railway service needs upgrading, while China has the expertise, technology capability and resources to help the New Zealand side in the upgrading.

Li's visit is also set to push economic cooperation between in the Pacific region to a new level, the scholar said.

"China is a not a newcomer in the Pacific Region. China's collaboration with the PICs, the Pacific island countries, can be traced back to the 1980s, and China's corporation and aid programs have been welcomed by the PICs' governments," he added.

Trade ties with New Zealand provide solid ground for productive visit by Chinese premier: expert

Trade ties with New Zealand provide solid ground for productive visit by Chinese premier: expert

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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