A three-member delegation of the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, headed by Ms. Wen Powles, the Political Counselor of the Embassy, visited CASS Institute of International Law and held a meeting with Professor Liu Huawen, the assistant director of the Institute, and Ms. He Tiantian, an assistant researcher of the Institute, on January 10, 2019. The other two members of the delegation were Mr. Thomas Appleton, a second secretary at the Embassy, and Ms. Katharina Qi, a policy official at the Embassy.
At the meeting, Professor Liu gave the New Zealand guests an introduction to CASS Law Institute, CASS Institute of International Law, and CASS Center for Human Rights Studies and works carried out and achievements made by these institutions in the field of human rights in recent years. He also explained to the New Zealand guests the progresses and achievements made by China in various fields of human rights protection during the past 40 years of reform and opening-up in light of the white paper on Progress in Human Rights over the 40 Years of Reform and Opening-Up in China and President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory letter to the to the conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the characteristics and future prospect of the development of human rights in China.
Ms. Powles thanked Professor Liu for his warm reception and spoke highly of President Xi’s congratulatory letter to the conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the great achievements made by China in poverty alleviation. She especially stressed the long-standing friendship between New Zealand and China. She also gave the Chinese hosts an introduction to the characteristics of the diplomatic policy and the frameworks and mechanisms of human rights work, especially those relating to reduction of child poverty in New Zealand, as well as the achievements made and challenges faced by New Zealand in the protection of human rights.
Both the hosts and the guests agreed that the exchange and cooperation between China and New Zealand in the field of human rights is of great significance.