On March 24, 2023, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met in Beijing with New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.
Wang Yi said, despite differences in history, culture and social systems, China and New Zealand have always respected, appreciated and trusted each other, and the bilateral relations have long been at the forefront of China's relations with developed Western countries. China appreciates New Zealand's objective and friendly view of China's development and its practical and positive policy towards China. China regards New Zealand as an important cooperative partner and has full confidence in the certainty and stability of China-New Zealand relations. The two sides should continue to carry forward the spirit of "striving to be the first", enhance mutual trust and achieve win-win results, in a bid to inject new dimensions into bilateral relations in the new era and take practical cooperation to new levels.
Wang Yi stressed that the central task of the new government of China is to lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to advance the Chinese modernization on all fronts and realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The modernization of China, a country with over 1.4 billion people, will bring an absolute change in the progress of human society. It's a great event of far-reaching importance and will bring new opportunities to New Zealand and other countries in the world. China-New Zealand cooperation has great potential. The two sides should make good use of the protocol on upgrading the free trade agreement between China and New Zealand and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, promote the upgrade of economic and trade cooperation, jointly create new engines for growth, jointly keep industrial and supply chains stable and unfettered, and maintain a fair and open environment for trade and investment.
Mahuta said that it is nice to see China setting the great goal and the relationship with China is very important to New Zealand. New Zealand looks forward to strengthening high-level exchanges with China, deepening cooperation in various fields, creating more "firsts" and building a more mature New Zealand-China relationship in the next 50 years.
The two sides exchanged views on cooperation with South Pacific island countries and agreed that they should jointly promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis. Wang Yi stressed that at present, the most pressing task is to cease fire and bring the conflict to an end as well as resume peace talks. This is also the common aspiration of most countries and serves the common interests of the international community. China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting political settlement. Mahuta said that peace and prosperity are what all parties expect. New Zealand stands that the spirit of international law should be abided by and supports the political settlement of disputes through dialogues.