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Chinese premier wraps up New Zealand visit

2024-06-15 22:09 Last Updated At:06-16 02:17

Chinese Premier Li Qiang wrapped up his three-day visit to New Zealand on Saturday with a final stop at the headquarters of the country's biggest dairy company.

Accompanied by New Zealand's Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, Li visited Fonterra's headquarters in Auckland. The company showcased a range of innovative dairy products and paid tribute to China's emerging dairy industry.

"Over the last two decades we have witnessed China's dairy industry mature to become world-class in many aspects. We're proud to be part of this journey," said Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell.

At a welcome banquet held by various social communities in New Zealand on Friday, Luxon said China and New Zealand have a productive and complementary trading relationship, which will be enhanced by the new agreements signed during the premier's visit.

"And they reflect the depth and the breadth of our trade and our economic connections, and they also highlight the continuing opportunities for growth and innovation," he said.

That connection extends to a growing New Zealand appetite for Chinese-made electric vehicles. Fonterra's investment in innovation includes a strong focus on renewable energy, which led to the purchase of electric milk tankers made by China's heavy machinery manufacturing company, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group.

The two countries are also strengthening cooperation and exchanges in education. Li called for closer cooperation between the two countries' educational communities at the closing ceremony of the China-New Zealand Education Development Forum on Friday.

"The discussions between our top universities today highlighted key themes of significant interest to both New Zealand and to China," Erica Stanford, New Zealand's education minister, said at the forum.

The challenge now is to leverage the fresh connections made during Li's visit.

"What we are looking at is the possibility of two countries, which have always been well-connected, finding new fields of endeavor. And I think that's a very promising horizon," John Mckinnon, New Zealand-China Council Chairman, said.

In his speech at the welcome banquet, the premier paid tribute to New Zealand's long-standing reputation for innovation and said the nation is an example of ecological sustainability worldwide.

"The fruitful results of our friendly cooperation have not only generated tangible benefits to our peoples, but also greatly contributed to prosperity and stability of the region and beyond," Li said.

Chinese premier wraps up New Zealand visit

Chinese premier wraps up New Zealand visit

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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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