Photo taken on May 10, 2018 shows the view of Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland, with a population of around 1.5 million, is a metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand. (Xinhua/Guo Lei)
BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- China expects to develop in-depth cooperation with New Zealand in multiple fields, a Chinese official has said at the 31st session of the China-New Zealand Joint Economic and Trade Committee held virtually on Tuesday.
The session was co-chaired by Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce of China and Deputy China International Trade Representative, and Mark Sinclair, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand.
China and New Zealand are highly complementary in economic development, and the economic and trade cooperation between the two sides has shown strong resilience faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Wang, noting that from January to August this year, the bilateral trade increased by 38.8 percent year on year, with two-way investment steadily improved.
China is ready to work with New Zealand to create a sound investment environment, ensure unimpeded supply and industrial chains, and deepen cooperation in climate change, green development, digital economy and many other fields, promoting high-quality development of bilateral economic and trade relations, Wang added.
China supports New Zealand in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) 2021, and hopes the two sides to continue to strengthen cooperation under multilateral and regional frameworks such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and to maintain communication on China's application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to jointly uphold the rules-based multilateral trading system, Wang further noted.
(Edited by Gu Shanshan with Xinhua Silk Road, email@example.com)