WELLINGTON, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao and his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark began talks on
Thursday morning to exchange views on bilateral relations as well as
international and regional issues of common concern.
After the talks, the two leaders are expected to witness the signing of a number of agreements
and documents on bilateral cooperation and then hold a joint press conference.
Wen, who arrived here Wednesday on an official visit,
will alsocall on Governor-General Silvia Cartright, opposition leader Don Brash
New Zealand is the third leg of the Chinese premier's
four-nation tour, which has taken him to Australia and Fiji and will take him to
In a written statement released upon his arrival here
Wednesdayevening, Premier Wen said China-New Zealand relations have moved
forward steadily in recent years, marked by strengthened politicalties, fruitful
economic and trade cooperation, growing exchange ofvisits and dialogue and
coordination over regional and global issues.
He said that a strong relationship of all-round
cooperation between China and New Zealand serves the fundamental interests of
the two countries and two peoples, and contributes to the stability and
prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. Enditem