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Icebreaker XUELONG Stopped over Christchurch

On 26 November, China's icebreaker and polar research vessel XUELONG stopped over Christchurch. Consul General Wang Zhijian, Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner and representatives from Chinese Embassy in New Zealand, Antarctica New Zealand and The Antarctic Office of Christchurch welcomed XUELONG at Lyttelton Port and had exchanges with the Expedition Team.

Consul General Wang Zhijian warmly welcomed the visit of the 34th Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition Team. He pointed out that the Antarctic cooperation is becoming a new bright spot in the China-New Zealand pragmatic cooperation. The bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the fields of Antarctic scientific expedition, academic research, technical training and logistical support have achieved fruitful results. The speeding up of constructing China’s fifth base in Antarctica and the visit of Xuelong will offer good opportunity to enhance cooperation. He wished the expedition a complete success.

Deputy Mayor Turner, on behalf of the Christchurch City Council welcomed XUELONG to stop over Christchurch again after two years. He noted that the visit of XUELONG means a lot for Christchurch to build Gateway City to Antarctica. The city is willing to bring into play its advantages and provide comprehensive support, convenience and supply for China’s research expeditions. New Zealand and China are expected to further expand the Antarctic cooperation in future.

Dr. Yang Huigen, leader of the expedition team, on behalf of all the team members and crew expressed sincere thanks to the Chinese diplomatic missions as well as various circles in Christchurch for their welcome and support.

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