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Chinese Premier, New Zealand PM visit Fonterra headquarters

2024-06-15 21:03 Last Updated At:23:27

Chinese Premier Li Qiang visited the headquarters of New Zealand's dairy company Fonterra in Auckland on Saturday with New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon during his official visit to the country.

During their visit in the morning, the two leaders were briefed on the company's business operation and development in China. They toured an exhibition of products and watched a demonstration of production process.

For over 40 years, Fonterra has been operating and continuously expanding its business in China, and that is quite a vivid example of the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, Li said.

There is huge potential in China's market demand, and there is vast space for collaboration in green development for the two countries, Li said, adding that China welcomes Fonterra and other New Zealand enterprises to continue to seize such opportunities, China is committed to unswervingly expanding high-level opening-up, and China will continue to create a first-class business environment and support foreign enterprises in achieving better and greater development.

Li and Luxon also visited New Zealand's agricultural technology exhibition together.

Agriculture has always been an active area of China-New Zealand economic and trade cooperation, Li said, expressing the hope that the two sides will well implement the strategic plan signed last year on upgrading the level of bilateral agricultural cooperation, actively carry out trade in agricultural products, strengthen exchanges in agricultural technology and achieve more cooperation results.

On Friday morning, Li visited the China-New Zealand Belt-and-Road Joint Laboratory on Kiwifruit in Auckland. After listening to an introduction by the lab leader, Li said that the laboratories in China and New Zealand complement each other with their respective advantages and collaborate effectively.

The sci-tech empowerment of kiwifruit industries has provided support for further improvement and upgrading of the industry in both countries, and added momentum to the development of the kiwifruit industry in the Belt and Road countries, said Li.

The joint laboratory is a successful example of China-New Zealand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, Li said, calling on both sides to further strengthen cooperation in sci-tech innovation to contribute to the development of China, New Zealand, and the world.

Chinese Premier, New Zealand PM visit Fonterra headquarters

Chinese Premier, New Zealand PM visit Fonterra headquarters

Chinese Premier, New Zealand PM visit Fonterra headquarters

Chinese Premier, New Zealand PM visit Fonterra headquarters

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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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