On April 17, 2012, local time, CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin met with New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae in Wellington.
Jia first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes of President Hu Jintao to the Governor-General. He said that a major aim of his visit to New Zealand is to jointly commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties and further promote bilateral ties. Over the past few days, he had very good discussions with New Zealand leaders including acting Prime Minister Bill English and Speaker of the House of Representatives Lockwood Smith. The two sides hailed the progress the China-New Zealand ties over the past 40 years and agreed that the bilateral relations are developing with a good momentum and the two sides should make concerted efforts to grasp the opportunity and uplift bilateral relations to a new height.
Jia said that New Zealand is the first developed country to finish bilateral negotiation with China on China's accession to the World Trade Organization, the first developed country to recognize China's full market economy status and the first developed country to sign the free trade agreement with China. The two countries have created many No. 1s, which the two countries should be proud of.
Jia said that a major feature of China-New Zealand relationship is the ever growing economic and trade relations and the increasingly active cultural and people-to-people exchanges, which have formed a solid public-opinion foundation for the development of China-New Zealand ties. Mr. Rewi Alley is a symbol of China-New Zealand friendship. He worked in China for 60 years, is a member of the CPPCC National Committee, and has made a positive contribution to the development and progress of China and helping the world understand China. The two sides should make joint efforts to deepen pragmatic cooperation, promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and push for the constant development of China-New Zealand relations for the better benefit of the two peoples.
Jerry Mateparae thanked President Hu Jintao for sending his greetings and asked Jia to convey his cordial greetings and good wishes to President Hu. He extended a warm welcome to Chairman Jia for visiting New Zealand on behalf of the New Zealand government and people. The frequent exchanges of visits between the leaders of the two countries and the warm hospitalities shown during the visits have played an important role in the development of bilateral relationship. The friendly relations between New Zealand and China can be attributed to our common friend, Mr. Rewi Alley, the ever growing economic and trade relations and the increasingly active cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and adherence to the philosophy – seeking for common goals through different routes. The New Zealand government and people support and welcome the development of New Zealand-China relations. He expressed the belief that with the joint efforts of both sides, the two peoples will have a better future. He also reiterated New Zealand's adherence to the one-China policy.
Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the CPPCC National Committee Qian Yunlu and Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Xu Jianguo also attended the meeting.