China-New Zealand relations are valued by Xi Jinping as being of “Great Importance.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing on Tuesday, praising the “great importance” of the two countries’ relationship. 

Xi said that China and New Zealand have a “long history of friendly exchanges” and that the relationship has “grown steadily and deepened in recent years.” He added that the two countries share “common interests and common values” and that they should “work together to build a closer and more practical China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.” 

Hipkins echoed Xi’s remarks, saying that China is New Zealand’s “most important economic partner” and that the two countries have “a strong and mutually beneficial relationship.” He added that New Zealand is “committed to working with China to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.” 

The two leaders also discussed a number of other issues, including trade, climate change, and security. They agreed to continue to work together on these issues and to strengthen their cooperation in other areas. 

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