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Consul General Jin Zhijian Attends the Launching Ceremony of Rewi Alley Anniversary Commemoration Activities

On 2 August, Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch, Christchurch City Council and Rewi Alley Anniversary Commemorations Committee in Canterbury jointly organized the launch of the Rewi Alley Biography(From Canterbury to China), Rewi Alley Website (rewialley.kiwi.nz)and Schools Competition. About 100 people were invited to attend the function, including Consul General Jin Zhijian, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, Christchurch City Councillors, representatives from Alley's family, friends in various circles and representatives of Chinese community.

Consul General Jin stressed in his remarks that this year marks Rewi Alley' 120th birth anniversary, the 90thanniversary of his arrival in China and the 30thanniversary of his death. It coincides with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand. Remarkable progress in the development of bilateral relationship can not be achieved without the contributions and sacrifice of Rewi Alley and all those great pioneers paving the way ahead of us. The commemoration activities will help the people of both countries, especially the younger generation to learn more about Rewi Alley, better carry forward his spirit and make their own contributions to the development of China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.

Mayor Dalziel said that Rewi Alley has become a strong emotional bond between Chinese and New Zealanders and a symbol of New Zealand-China friendship. Canterbury, as his home town, takes pride in that. She hoped the younger generation of New Zealand to deepen their understanding of the development course of New Zealand-China relations, learn the valuable qualities of Rewi Alley, follow his example and become envoys of New Zealand-China friendship in the new era.

Mr. Eric Livingstone, Chair of the Rewi Alley Anniversary Commemorations Committee in Canterbury, Bernard Dunan from Christchurch Sister City Committee and Mme. Margaret Austin, former senior MP introduced respectively the planning and implementation of the commemorations activities and expressed appreciation for the support from the Chinese Consulate General.

The guests present honoured the memory of Rewi Alley's moving story in China, spoke highly of the remarkable progress made in the bilateral relations and expect to take the opportunity of Rewi Alley Anniversary Commemorations to jointly promote the friendly cooperation between China and the South Island to a new level.



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