China on New Zealand and Philippines
(20 Mar 2023)
Beijing - 20 March 2023
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3. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson:
“During the visit, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang will hold talks with (New Zealand) Foreign Minister (Nanaia) Mahuta and have a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-New Zealand relations and international and regional issues of common concern. Through Foreign Minister Mahuta's visit, we hope the two sides will promote the implementation of the important consensus between the two leaders, uphold the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, seek common ground while reserving differences, strengthen communication, enhance mutual trust, promote cooperation, continuously enrich the connotation of China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership, and promote greater achievements in our relations in the next 50 years so as to better benefit the two countries and peoples.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson:
“From March 22 to 24, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong will go to the Philippines to co-chair the 23rd China-Philippines Diplomatic Consultation and the 7th meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea with Philippine Vice Foreign Minister (Theresa) Lazaro. This is the first time since the pandemic that the two foreign ministries have held face-to-face bilateral consultations.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson:
“We hope and believe that through this consultation, the two sides will further enhance mutual understanding and trust, step up communication and coordination, and work together for the healthy and stable development of China-Philippines relations.”
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China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that it looks forward to “greater achievements” in China-New Zealand relations through Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s visit this week.
Mahuta will meet with her counterpart Qin Gang in Beijing during her visit to the country from 22 to 25 March, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily news briefing.
Wang said the two ministers would have an “in-depth exchange of views on China-New Zealand relations and international and regional issues of common concern.”
The visit comes at an awkward time, with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Moscow this week, giving a diplomatic boost to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the International Criminal Court announced it wants to put him on trial for alleged war crimes.
Mahuta said that while she was in China, she planned to raise New Zealand's concerns about human rights and security, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
China is New Zealand's largest trading partner and New Zealand exporters rely on China to buy milk products and other agricultural goods.
Also, Wang announced a Chinese diplomat’s visit to the Philippines this week for a negotiation meeting on maritime disputes.
“This is the first time since the pandemic that the two foreign ministries have held face-to-face bilateral consultations,” said Wang, adding that China hoped the two sides would work “the healthy and stable development of China-Philippines relations” through the meeting.
China claims virtually all of the South China Sea, putting it on a collision course with other claimants such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.
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