Remarks by Consul General Xu Erwen at the 2018 Cultures of China - Huaxing Gala Night
(Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, 30 September 2018)

Respected Members of NZ Parliament, Ms. Melissa Lee, Dr. Jian Yang,

Councilor Paul Young,

Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening!

It is my great pleasure to join so many distinguished guests here tonight, in celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and the 69th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. At this very special moment of double happiness and joy, please allow me to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland, our warmest festival greetings and best wishes to all the audience present here tonight, and through you to all friends and overseas Chinese compatriots, students and business people in our consular district and NZ. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the friends and overseas Chinese compatriots for your consistent and longtime support to China and China-NZ relationship.

Mid-autumn festival is a golden time to celebrate harvest. Indeed, we have a lot of harvests to celebrate for China and China and NZ bilateral relations this year. Over the past 69 years, especially over the past 40 years of China's reform and opening up, tremendous achievements have been made at all respects. China's reform and opening up has also made great contribution and brought great benefits to the whole world. It has been five years since the BRI was put forward, and many early harvests have been achieved. The BRI has become the largest platform for international cooperation and an important public good provided to the world by China. I am confident that with further reform and opening up, China's development will provide more and more opportunities to the world.

This year also marks the 46th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and NZ. Over the past 46 years, China-NZ relations have maintained a very good momentum of development, and a lot of progress has been made based on equality, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. Particularly after President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to NZ in 2014, our bilateral relations have been upgraded to comprehensive strategic partnership. For many years, China is NZ's largest trading partner, largest source of international students and second largest source of tourists. There are tremendous opportunities for enhancing our exchanges and cooperation in various fields. And tonight's performance joined by so many friends in NZ fully reflects the closeness and friendly ties between our two peoples.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Only when a hundred flowers blossom does spring really come. I am so pleased to see in this beautiful garden, that all the local Chinese art troupes gather together and make their unique contribution to the China-NZ friendship. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Huaxing Arts Troupe of New Zealand, for your important role in bringing all the Chinese art troupes together to display the harmony and colorfulness of the Chinese cultures, and supporting the dynamic people-to-people exchanges between our two countries and two peoples.

I sincerely hope that all the Chinese communities will continue to join hands and make greater contribution to the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and New Zealand.

I wish the show a great success and all of you a very happy evening.

Thank you!

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