At the inception of Chinese New Year, Tony Grace, contact person of Kunshan’s friendship city North Palmerston in New Zealand, sent a New Year card to Kunshan Foreign Affairs Office and expressed his expectations on more bilateral exchanges in the new year.
As early as 1996, Kunshan and North Palmerston became friendship cities. In the following years, there have been frequent exchanges between two sides. In 2007, North Palmerstone offered a scholarship to Kunshan. In July last year, Grant Smith, mayor of North Palmerston led a delegation to visit Kunshan. By holding a promotion campaign themed on agriculture and education, the delegation explored potential cooperation opportunities with related government departments in Kunshan.