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New Zealand PM Key: Ties with China 'comprehensive, trusting and warm'

(People's Daily Online)

12:38, December 28, 2012

Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key receives an interview with People’s Daily Online on the 40th anniversary of China-New Zealand diplomatic ties(People's Daily Online/Jing Xi)

Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key recently received an interview with People's Daily Online on the 40th anniversary of China-New Zealand diplomatic ties. Since the establishment of bilateral relations, both countries have built comprehensive and constructive partner relations, gaining tremendous progress in fields of economic and trade exchanges and cultural communication. The Prime Minister gave answers to some concerning issues related to New Zealand.

Fruitful bilateral relations

The relationship between the two countries is very comprehensive, trusting and warm, Mr. Key said.

"China has chosen New Zealand as the first country in the developed world to have free trade agreement with. For New Zealand, we've been seeing China growing as significant and important in New Zealand, as China is now the second large market that you've closed up to U.S.", he said

There are an increasing number of tourists coming to New Zealand every year and a huge amount of Chinese students study in New Zealand. Understanding the Chinese culture and way of doing things has become more grand in New Zealand society and the knowledge of understanding China are better, for example, New Zealand now celebrates from the Chinese New year to Lantern festival every year.

Expectation toward the bilateral ties

Mr. Key spoke highly of China's economic growth. "I think it's going to grow exponentially…In the course of five to 10 years, the GDP per capital in China is going to be doubled from 5,000 U.S. dollars to 10,000 U.S. dollars. It's 10,000 dollars for 1.4 billion people. It's an enormous amount of growth," he said.

Mr. Key said China buys half of the world diary products from New Zealand. There is a lot of cooperation between the two countries in trades and tourism. China's both influence to the world and significance in New Zealand will grow.

"I think you will see China emerging as another superpower alongside the U.S. I don't think this is something you'd be fearful about. I think it is a reflection of economic growth potential of China." said Mr. Key.

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