The 15th anniversary of Wellington and Beijing's sister-city relationship was celebrated at New Zealand's National Museum—the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa —on the evening of February 1.
The Mayor of Wellington in his address said a number of joint activities would be organized this year to further strengthen cooperation and exchange between the two cities.
Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, in attendance via video link, said that both sides have collaborated on a variety of mutually beneficial projects in trade and investment, culture, sports, tourism, film and television. The cities' cooperation has helped promote the stable development of China-NZ relations.
Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wu Xi, also attending via video link, said the sister-city relationship is not only important to bilateral exchange in culture, education, commerce and trade, but it is also a bond that strengthens mutual understanding, trust and friendship between the peoples of the two countries.
The evening of celebration also featured spectacular performances by artists from both countries.
(Note: Content source is from Xinhua.)