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Wellington to host 2017 New Zealand-China Mayoral forum

Updated: 2015-09-07
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Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown speaks at the opening of the New Zealand-China Mayoral Forum about shared economic goals, hopes for cultural wellbeing, prosperity and respect for the natural environment.
    
Wellington is set to host a major meeting of New Zealand and China mayors in 2017.

The announcement was made on Monday by New Zealand's ambassador to China John McKinnon during the first New Zealand-China Mayoral Forum.

The forum, which was held in Wellington's sister city of Xiamen, hosted the largest delegation of New Zealand civic leaders to ever visit China and represented 56 per cent of New Zealand's population.
  
The delegation of more than 70 people included 12 mayors, business and educational leaders from across New Zealand.

McKinnon said New Zealand's relationship with China was one of its most important, and it continued to flourish.

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown said hosting the next forum would showcase Wellington to all of China.

The 2017 forum would highlight culture, the food and beverage industry and business opportunities in the capital city.

She hoped a large delegation of mayors from China would attend.

Xiamen mayor Pei Jinjia said in the past 28 years of economic and cultural exchanges between Xiamen and Wellington and grown stronger.

Although there had been a world economic slowdown, economic links between the two sister cities had grown by 22 per cent in the past year.
  
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