New Zealand Prime Minister John Key welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Premier House this afternoon (20 Nov 2014), and celebrated the “great role that Chinese nationals who have become New Zealanders play in our country.”
At the official bilateral meeting between Key and Xi in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon, Key said a review of the relationship would lead to greater links, according to The Dominion Post.
It would be easy to see the relationship between New Zealand and China as “purely trading,” Key said, adding that “it is so much broader and much deeper than that.”
“The fact that New Zealand and China have agreed to a comprehensive partnership is a great sign of the maturity of our relationship between our two countries over the last 42 years,” Key said, adding that the partnership would “sit well” with the burgeoning trade relationship.
Xi said earlier that his country's relationship with New Zealand is in “very good shape” but could be broader.
In New Zealand for an official visit, Xi made the comments at the start of a formal meeting with Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae this afternoon at Government House in Wellington.
Mateparae told Xi “the relationship is a very special one” but work was required to develop it.