On May 29, 2014, Ding Wei, vice minister of the Ministry of Culture of China, met with a delegation led by Celia Wade-Brown, mayor of Wellington, New Zealand, and attended the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between China International Culture Association and the city of Wellington.
Ding Wei pointed out during the talk that as the “comprehensive cooperation” between China and New Zealand advances, the cultural exchange between the two countries is playing an increasingly important role in improving the mutual understanding and friendship between people of the two nations. He appreciated Wellington City’s efforts in promoting foreign cultures such as supporting the local Spring Festival activities. He pointed out that both New Zealand and China attach much importance to protecting traditional cultural heritages and promoting multi-ethnic development and the two countries should enhance communication and cooperation in this field. He hoped that New Zealand and China, both located in the Asia-Pacific region, could enhance cultural exchanges and achieve joint development through learning from each other.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said that the city of Wellington has carried out more cultural exchanges and cooperation with China over recent years. Wellington people are fascinated by the performances, exhibitions and tours organized during the Spring Festival. She stressed that Maori culture is an important component of New Zealand as a multicultural country and is very similar to China’s ethnic minority culture. She hoped that both sides could strengthen cooperation in protection and inheritance of traditional ethnical cultures. Wellington is looking forward to closer cooperation with China in cultural development and urban construction as a friend city to contribute to the comprehensive development of China-New Zealand relationship.
After the talk, vice minister Ding Wei attended the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding of cultural cooperation between China International Culture Association and the municipal government of Wellington. Dong Junxin, deputy director of the association, and Ms Wade-Brown signed the documents which marked the launch of a series of activities including the establishment of China Culture Center, World Dressing Art Award, Chinese New Year celebrations in Wellington, exchange events for artists from Wellington, Chinese culture exhibitions, etc.