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By Hu Yongqi | China Daily | Updated:2017-10-12 09:10John McKinnon, New Zealands ambassador to China [CHINA DAILY]New Zealand expects to see Chinas continuous commitment to free trade and multilateralism at the 19th CPC National Congress this month, said John McKinnon, the countrys ambassador to China.
Given Chinas position in the global economy, the signals sent by the congress for the nations approach to its own economic situation as well as globally will be of considerable interest, McKinnon said.
“The congress provides a strong sense of direction to where its going,” he added.
President Xi Jinpings speech in January at Davos in Switzerland advocated Chinas commitment to multilateralism and the importance of globalized trade, McKinnon said.
“Thats really important for New Zealand,” he said. “We are an open economy. We rely on the trading system to be fair and equitable in terms of how to deal with different countries and different markets.”
China is New Zealands largest trading partner for goods. The countries signed a free trade agreement in 2008, and negotiations on upgrading the document started in April.
“Now, both China and New Zealand have engaged in the negotiations. We want to make sure the agreement is fit for 2017 and 2018 as well,” he said. “The words China has been saying and the president has been saying are an important context that gives us confidence.”
The ambassador noted United States President Donald Trump will visit China shortly after the congress, in November, and then meetings such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will be held in the region.
“These will be occasions shortly after the congress when what has been discussed and concluded at the Party congress will be addressed internationally,” he said.
Meanwhile, McKinnon is keeping a close eye on how Chinas legal system works. In light of the major anti-corruption campaign of the past few years, New Zealand is interested in how China is governing itself, he said.
“Its interesting to see how the Party congress sums it up and what it might want to do in terms of taking the work forward.”
The ambassador said he will also be interested to see how the congress addresses the issue of environmental protection. China has changed its attitude and policies and is focused on improving the quality of air, water and soil.
In December, New Zealand will host the second New Zealand-China Mayoral Forum, the theme of which is how to balance the economic development and protection of the environment.
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