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China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

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China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

2024-06-14 09:18 Last Updated At:16:27

China and New Zealand announced on Thursday the commencement of trade in services negotiations based on a negative list approach under the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

China's Commerce Minister Wang Wentao and New Zealand Minister for Trade Todd McClay signed and exchanged documents to launch the negotiations in Wellington under the joint witness of visiting Chinese Premier Li Qiang and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.

The launch of the negotiations between the two countries will help promote a higher level of institutional opening-up of China's trade in services, stimulate the cooperation potential of service trade, and make the bilateral free trade agreement more beneficial to the enterprises and people of the two countries, said a statement by China's Ministry of Commerce.

As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade Protocol, China and New Zealand agreed to enter into negotiations on trade in services based on a negative list approach aimed at progressing trade between the two countries.

New Zealand is the first developed country to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement with China in 2022. Covering goods, services, investment, personnel flow and standard recognition, the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement is the first comprehensive and high-level FTA China ever signed.

Premier Li is on an official visit to New Zealand, the first leg of his three-nation tour from June 13 to 20, which will also take him to Australia and Malaysia.

Upon his arrival, Li said 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 further deepening exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and to updating the China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations on based on negative list approach

China, New Zealand initiate trade in services negotiations on based on negative list approach

Jingdezhen, the world-famous porcelain city in east China's Jiangxi Province, comes alive at night with flocks of tourists coming to night markets for distinctive ceramic crafts and local delicacies.

Vendors at a night market in Taoyang New Village sell a wide variety of ceramic crafts at affordable prices, and many tourists come to choose souvenirs during their trips to the city representing China's ceramic culture.

"This night market is quite large, with a wide variety of products for sale, and we can buy a lot of things here, like my favorite bracelets and ceramic cups," said Yang Aiwei, a tourist from east China's Shandong Province.

Since the beginning of summer, nearly 10,000 tourists visit Taoyang New Village night market every day, with a continuously rising trend.

After shopping at the Taoyang night market, tourists can also have a taste of delicacies at another market nearby, where they can have snacks and specialties featuring local taste.

The Jiuji Town night market is set up in a commercial and cultural zone transformed from old factory buildings, where tourists can not only have delicious food, but also experience various entertainment activities.

"Our business is pretty good, as there are quite a lot of tourists. It's cooler at night, so people come here to buy some trinkets and have some snacks," said Li Yan, a vendor.

"We came here today and heard about Jiuji Town. There are some ceramic shops in that direction that we haven't visited yet, as we wanted to come here first to have some delicious food," said Liu Ziyue, another tourist from Shandong.

New consumption scenarios, mainly the night economy, in Jingdezhen has created jobs for nearly 20,000 people and achieved a total revenue of 11 billion yuan (about 1.54 billion U.S. dollars) last year.

Millennia-old porcelain city fascinates tourists with distinctive crafts, local delicacies

Millennia-old porcelain city fascinates tourists with distinctive crafts, local delicacies

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