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Chinese official pledges closer cooperation with New Zealand

(Xinhua)

08:09, June 05, 2012

BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Hui Liangyu pledged on Monday to boost cooperation with New Zealand as he met with New Zealand's Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.

During the meeting, Hui hailed the bilateral ties between China and New Zealand since the establishment of diplomatic relations 40 years ago.

China and New Zealand, with their extensive exchanges and cooperation, have made a positive contribution to the harmony and prosperity in Asia and the Pacific, said the Chinese vice premier.

China is willing to work together with New Zealand to improve mutual trust and boost pragmatic cooperation to strengthen the bilateral ties, he added.

Hui also briefed the visiting New Zealand minister on China's ethnic policies and practices during the meeting.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to ethnic affairs and has found the correct path to common development and shared prosperity among all the ethnic groups in the country, Hui said, adding that every country in the world should be independent when addressing its ethnic affairs according to its own national and ethnic conditions.

"(China) opposes any country or organization's attempt to interfere in other countries' domestic affairs on excuse of ethnic, religion- or human rights-related issues," he added.

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