Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan (R) shakes hands with Michael Cullen, New Zealand's deputy prime minister and minister of finance and for tertiary education, in Beijing, China, Sept. 25, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China and New Zealand
vowed here Tuesday to push forward their all-round cooperative ties on the
occasion of 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
"China would like to work with New Zealand to
intensify exchanges at various levels, and continuously deepen beneficial
cooperation," Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan told visiting Deputy Prime
Minister Michael Cullen.
Zeng noted that Chinese President Hu Jintao and New
Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark had reached an important agreement on
bilateral ties during their meeting at the 15th Economic Leaders Meeting of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Cullen, who is also New Zealand's minister of finance
and tertiary education, said the relationship with China is one of the most
important bilateral ties for New Zealand.
New Zealand will continue exchanges and cooperation
with China in broad fields, he said.
Cullen reaffirmed New Zealand's firm adherence to the
one-China policy, opposing "Taiwan independence".
The two sides also agreed to further promote the free
trade agreement (FTA) talks between the two countries, and exchanged views on
the situation of Pacific islands, climate changes as well as issues of common
Cullen is paying an official visit to China from
Sept. 23 to 26at the invitation of Zeng.