On April 5, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with visiting Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully in Beijing.
Yang hailed the new progress bilateral ties have made since the establishment of diplomatic ties 40 years ago, citing frequent high-level exchanges, deepening political trust and fruitful outcomes of economic and trade cooperation. Both sides have maintained dynamic exchanges in science, education, culture and tourism and kept close communication and coordination in multilateral affairs. He said China held New Zealand as a good friend and partner in the Asia-Pacific region and was ready to further push their comprehensive cooperative ties to a new level.
McCully said New Zealand is proud of the great achievements that bilateral relations have made in recent years. New Zealand is ready to continue to make joint efforts with China to strengthen high-level exchanges, and promote mutually beneficial cooperation and friendly exchanges in trade, investment, science and technology, education, tourism, culture and sports. He also urged both sides to take the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to push bilateral ties to a higher level. He reiterated New Zealand's firm adherence to the one-China policy, and welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in New Zealand.
Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.