China’s top diplomat arrives in New Zealand for high-level talks

China’s top diplomat arrives in New Zealand for high-level talks

CHINESE Foreign Minister Wang Yi has engaged in strategic dialogue with senior officials since he arrived in New Zealand on Sunday.

Wang Yi’s diplomatic visit to New Zealand and Australia started on March 17 and ends on March 21.

The Chinese diplomat met his New Zealand counterpart, Winston Peters, Trade Minister Todd McClay, and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.

He also invited the trio to visit China in the future.

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon hailed his country’s strong trade ties with China and their thriving two-way trade amounting to 38 billion dollars.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters noted the importance of China as his country’s strategic partner and assured China’s support for the one-China principle.

New Zealand also expressed interest in welcoming more Chinese students and entrepreneurs into the country.

The Chinese diplomat for his part said Beijing is willing to actively implement the upgrade Free Trade Agreement with China.

Wang Yi is scheduled to meet his Australian counterparts on Wednesday. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong is expected to raise the removal of remaining trade tariffs on several Australian products during the Chinese diplomat’s visit.

 

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