China, New Zealand, US city lead­ers seek com­mon pros­per­ity

Sec­ond Tri­par­tite Eco­nomic Sum­mit

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Lead­ers of three ma­jor cities on the Pa­cific rim, from China, New Zealand and the United States, gath­ered in Auck­land on Mon­day for the sec­ond Tri­par­tite Eco­nomic Sum­mit to build a new form of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. Af­ter a tra­di­tional Maori wel­come, Auck­land Mayor Len Brown spoke to more than 700 del­e­gates from the three coun­tries, say­ing the three cities, Auck­land, Guangzhou and Los An­ge­les, all had strong growth in pop­u­la­tions and economies.

Brown said in his speech that del­e­gates were par­tic­u­larly look­ing to drive the high-tech sec­tor “and want­ing to make sure there’s a strong con­nec­tion be­tween the cities of Los An­ge­les and Guanzhou and the city of Auck­land.” “We are see­ing a very high growth in vis­i­tors into Auck­land and New Zealand from Amer­ica and China, and we see a role in this tri­par­tite for sup­port­ing our na­tion’s fo­cus in build­ing strong eco­nomic re­la­tion­ships be­tween China and Amer­ica,” said Brown.

The two-day event would in­volve busi­ness­match­ing, learn­ing, shar­ing and re­ally un­der­stand­ing the sense of what tri­par­tite is, said the Auck­land ma­jor. “It is the tri­an­gle of the Pa­cific. We are the sons and daugh­ters of the Pa­cific, proudly in the heart of global eco­nomic so­cial cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal growth and well­be­ing.”

Li Xiaolin, pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries, said the three cities would ben­e­fit from “re­source-shar­ing, mu­tual com­ple­men­tar­ity and win-win co­op­er­a­tion.” “The three cities learn from each while ne­go­ti­at­ing strate­gies for fu­ture devel­op­ment ex­pan­sively pro­mot­ing prac­ti­cal sub-na­tional co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China the United States and New Zealand,” Li told the del­e­gates.

“The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment at­taches great im­por­tance to re­gional co­op­er­a­tion both be­tween Chi­nese cities and be­tween Chi­nese cities and in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts,” she said. “The suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Guangzhou, of China, Los An­ge­les, of the United States, and Auck­land, of New Zealand, sets a shin­ing ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween sis­ter cities.”

Wang Dong, Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, said the tri­par­tite agree­ment signed two years ago had cre­ated a new chap­ter in co­op­er­a­tion among the three cities. The agree­ment had great po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ing in­dus­trial ties in fields such as port lo­gis­tics, films and an­i­ma­tion and bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, said Wang.

Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti said the three cities shared com­mon prob­lems, “traf­fic, in­fra­struc­ture, air qual­ity, hous­ing.” “But these are the prob­lems of cities that peo­ple want to be in, they’re good prob­lems to have and good prob­lems to solve,” said Garcetti.

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