New Zealand government holds Chinese New Year reception

13:06, February 10, 2011      

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The New Zealand government held a reception to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Banquet Hall of the Parliament Building in Wellington on Wednesday evening.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Women Affairs, Hekia Parata joined together with some 200 representatives from the local Chinese community to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

It is the third consecutive year for John Key, as a prime minister, to attend the Chinese New Year reception hosted by the New Zealand government. Key wished happy Chinese New Year to the local Chinese community and said New Zealand and China maintained very close ties and New Zealand supported China's entry into the World Trade Organization and the two countries signed a free trade agreement in 2008, the first free trade agreement China signed with a Western country.

Parata said New Zealand is a multi-ethnic society with a rich and historic Chinese culture, and the Chinese community have contributed a lot to the country.

The political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand, Chen Lei said, the New Zealand government has held the annual Chinese New Year reception in the Parliament Building for over 10 years, which showed New Zealand attached importance to its relations with China and the local Chinese community.

Parata and Chen Lei also wished the Chinese community a happy Chinese New Year.

A group of local children performed traditional Chinese dance at the reception.

Source: Xinhua
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