Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Chinese Foreign Minister to visit NZ

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, will visit New Zealand next week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters, announced today.

Mr Peters said the Government looked forward to re-engaging with Foreign Minister Wang Yi (pictured) and discussing the full breadth of the bilateral relationship, which is one of New Zealand’s most important and complex.

“Trade between New Zealand and China, as well as strong people-to-people, cultural and business links, has delivered significant benefits to both our countries,” he said.

“It is 10 years since the New Zealand China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was agreed. It is timely therefore to discuss how New Zealand and China can best work together over the next decade, while building a strong understanding of our respective perspectives.” 

Mr Peters said the Ministers will also discuss regional and global issues, including the importance of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Minister Wang Yi, who is also the Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, previously visited New Zealand as Foreign Minister in 2014 and 2017. 

Mr Peters will host Minister Wang for a bilateral meeting and an official dinner in Wellington. 

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