New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

New Zealand "National Day" at Shanghai World Expo 2010 - Remarks by Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister with State Councillor Meng Jianzhu at New Zealand's National Day at Expo (Photo courtesy of Prime Minister's Office)

I’d like to start by saying how honoured I am that State Councillor Meng has travelled from Beijing to join us in celebrating New Zealand’s Expo National Day.
I’d also like to acknowledge Chairman Liu and Vice Minister Cui. It is a great pleasure to be here at Expo, and I congratulate you on its success. 

Our relationship with China is central to New Zealand’s economic future. China is New Zealand’s second largest trading partner and our second largest export market.
We were the first developed country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China in 2008, and we want to ensure that the benefits from this agreement are fully available to New Zealand and Chinese businesses.

The signing of this Free Trade Agreement represents one of four ‘firsts’ in the New Zealand-China relationship.
New Zealand was the first developed country to conclude WTO accession negations with China; the first developed country to recognise China's status as a market economy; and the first developed country to enter into FTA negotiations with China.

New Zealand greatly values its friendship with China, and that is why participating in this Expo is so important to us. New Zealand was among the first countries to sign up for the Expo, and we have built a pavilion that uses innovative design to convey that New Zealand is clean, green and a great place to do business.

We are supporting a number of Ministerial and Mayoral-led business delegations to come to China during the Expo to ensure that New Zealand businesses, and their Chinese partners, can make the most of the opportunities presented by the Expo.
We want to help businesses build relationships in China that are going to last, and the New Zealand government is committed to building a lasting presence in China.

New Zealand is committed to working with you to build strong and successful economic futures for both of our countries.
I would like to reiterate New Zealand’s pleasure at participating in the Expo. I am looking forward to getting a chance to see more of the park this afternoon, starting with the very impressive China Pavilion.


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