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Consul General Jin Zhijian Attends Opening Ceremony Of 2017 NZCFS National Conference

On 19 May, Consul General Jin Zhijian was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the 2017 National Conference and AGM of the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) and give the opening address. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, MP Poto Williams, NZCFS National President Dave Bromwich and representatives of NZCFS National Executive, regional branches and more than one hundred guests from culture, education, and business circles were present at the event.

Consul General Jin congratulated warmly the opening of the conference in his address and spoke highly of the essential role of NZCFS in promoting the development of the China- New Zealand friendly relations since the society was established 65 years ago. He also expressed highest respect to those from all walks of life who have been engaged in pushing forward the exchanges and cooperation between China and New Zealand. He noted that this year marks the 120th annivesary of the birth of Rewi Alley, the 90th anniversary of his arrival in China and the 30thanniversary of his death. In this regard, the theme of the conference “Inherit and Carry Forward the Spirit of Rewi Alley ”will help people, especially the younger generations, to remember the outstanding contributions by the founders of the China-New Zealand friendship like Rewi Alley, inherit and carry forward their great spirits in the new era and pass on the torch of friendship from generation to generation.. He pointed out that China and New Zealand should work together to further deepen the people-people friendship and create a better future for the development of bilateral relations together.

Mayor Dalziel in her address praised highly the efforts and contributions made by the pioneers of bilateral friendship including Rewi Alley, and spoke positively of the remarkable outcomes achieved in the development of China-New Zealand relations. She said Christchurch is ready to further deepen the exchanges and cooperation with China in various fields and strengthen the understanding and friendship between the two peoples. Cantebury District is deeply connected with Rewi Alley as the place where he was born and spent his early years. Christchurch will hold a series of events with China to jointly commemorate Rewi Alley this year.

The guests present watched the VCR on Alley’s life stories, the spectacular art performances, and recalled good memories of the China-New Zealand friendship.



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