The Mayor of Auckland is congratulating the People’s Republic of China on the 63rd anniversary of its proclamation in 1949.
Len Brown’s comments come as China and New Zealand celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations.
"Auckland values its relationship with China," says the Mayor. "Not only do we welcome more than 21,000 Chinese students and 145,000 Chinese tourists to Auckland each year, we are proud to have 150,000 Chinese New Zealanders call Auckland home."
"Chinese business, investors and entrepreneurs are fundamental to our success and we need to support and harness that spirit to develop job quality jobs and prosperity for all Aucklanders."
The Mayor led an Auckland trade mission to China in April. "That mission provided us with a unique opportunity to not only solidify our friendship but also encourage greater trade relations between Auckland and China."
"And as I told the Chinese business people and dignitaries we met over there, and I say to our Chinese communities here at home, I will never forget the date of China’s anniversary because it is one we share - October 1 is my birthday too."
Len Brown says Auckland values its sister city relationships with Guangzhou, Qingdao and Ningbo as well as its newly evolving relationships with Shanghai and Beijing. "Auckland is a city with big dreams and Chinese people, business, culture food and events contribute to the vibrancy and liveability of the city."
The Mayor will be marking the occasion at a Chinese National Day Banquet organised by the Auckland Chinese Community Centre.
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