Chinese premier, New Zealand PM congratulate launch of year of tourism

Chinese premier, New Zealand PM congratulate launch of year of tourism

Chinese premier, New Zealand PM congratulate launch of year of tourism

The rescheduled opening ceremony, held at Te Papa Tongawera, Museum of New Zealand, was hosted by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, with special guest China's Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has touched down in Beijing for her highly anticipated visit.

Ardern said Muslims who were targeted in the shootings are an intrinsic part of New Zealand society.

Ms Ardern is in Beijing for just 24 hours, and will have meetings with the Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping later today.

New Zealanders have a unique opportunity to learn about China through the magnificent Terracotta Warriors exhibition at Te Papa - the first return of the Warriors to New Zealand since the 1980s.

The interview with reporters was streamed on New Zealand's 1NEWS.

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In addition to that, China and New Zealand, two key economic players in the Asia Pacific, have a common stake in maintaining a rules-based multilateral trading system against a rising tide of protectionism and isolationism.

Last month, China postponed a major tourism campaign in New Zealand days before its launch raising concerns of strained ties over China's growing influence in the Pacific.

Her planned week-long trip to the country was shortened following the March 15 mosque massacres.

However, the past nearly five decades of China-New Zealand bilateral relations have shown that as long as they can join forces for mutual benefits on the basis of mutual respect and equality, their partnership will keep on growing.

China has faced growing worldwide opprobrium over a controversial de-radicalisation program in the heavily Muslim populated Xinjiang, where critics say China is running internment camps.

More people-to-people contact between China and New Zealand will increase their mutual understanding, which are central to growing popular support for bilateral relations, the Chinese premier said.

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