On March 28, Trevor Mallard, speaker of the House in New Zealand, met with a delegation from the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) led by Wang Jiarui, the foundation's chairman.
Wu Xi, Chinese ambassador to New Zealand, and Yu Qun, vice-chairman of CSCLF, also attended the meeting.
Trevor Mallard (second from right), New Zealand's speaker of the house, meets with Wang Jiarui (third from left), chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), on March 28.
During the meeting, Wang expressed his condolences to those whose family or friends died in the Christchurch shooting.
He went on to say that China's relationship with New Zealand was among its best with Western countries, and that it was in the interests of both peoples to maintain and develop their relationship, Wang said.
Our predecessors, Soong Ching Ling and Rewi Alley, made great contribution to China-New Zealand relations. During this trip, we will try to follow in the footprints of Rewi Alley, Wang added.
Teenagers are our future, and CSCLF wants to develop teenage exchanges with organizations and individuals in New Zealand, Wang stated.
Trevor Mallard welcomed Wang, saying that CSCLF's visit to New Zealand demonstrated the Chinese people's firm support for and profound friendship with the people of New Zealand.
Good relations between China and New Zealand are in the best interests of both peoples, he added.
"Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take her first trip to China since taking office, and I believe both countries will strengthen cooperation in trade, culture, and education."
"Before the meeting, I studied the history of CSCLF, and I'm impressed by what the organization has done for charity and international exchanges, especially exchanges between teenagers from different states."
New Zealand places great importance on social and teenage welfare, and is eager to promote cooperation between New Zealand communities and CSCLF, Mallard said.
Wang Jiarui (R), chairman of CSCLF, shakes hands with Trevor Mallard, speaker of the House in New Zealand.
Trevor Mallard (R) talks with CSCLF Chairman Wang Jiarui (M).
After the meeting, Mallard invited Wang to visit the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.
(Source: General Office of CSCLF)