WELLINGTON (Xinhua) – Audiences in New Zealand were treated to a dazzling display of the best of China’s culture on Sunday.
The “Experience China in New Zealand” programme, organised by China’s State Council Information Office, opened with a display of paintings, calligraphy, seal carving and other crafts and a New Zealand launch of book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China”.
China’s Consul-General to Auckland, Niu Qingbao, welcomed a large crowd to Auckland’s main arts and entertainment venue, the Aotea Centre, for the launch.
The highlight of the evening for many in the crowd was the performance by the China National Acrobatic Troupe.
Former New Zealand Trade Minister Phil Goff, who signed the free trade agreement with China in 2008, told Xinhua at the event that he had not read the book on Xi Jinping, but “if they’ve got an English language version, that would be very very good.”
“It’s great to have ‘Experience China’ here in New Zealand because it opens up the eyes of New Zealanders to the rich and diverse culture of China, both its classical culture and its modern culture,” he said in an interview with Xinhua.