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President Xi Jinping called on New Zealand to provide a fair and unbiased business environment for Chinese investor

s while hailing the country as a sincere friend and cooperative partner in a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday.

China will continue to support capable businesses in seeking investment opportunities in New

Zealand, and the two nations should accelerate talks over upgrading their bilateral free-trade agreement, Xi said.

The one-day visit by Ardern, her first since coming to office in October 2017, came after New Zealand stopped mobile phon

e company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade in November, citing security concerns.

Xi said the timing of the visit also indicated the great importance Ardern places on relations with China.

Under the new circumstances, it is important for both sides to stick to the principle

of mutual trust and benefits, and keep enriching the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, he said.

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