New Zealand’s prime minister wants to visit the main trading partner next year, if border restrictions permit.
Jacinda, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, has stated her intention to lead a trade delegation to China once China opens its borders.
Ardern stated that she had expressed her hope to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping last month during talks on the sidelines the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit (APEC) in Bangkok. This was their first face-to-face encounter since 2018.
Ardern said that he hopes to return to China in the future. He also discussed with the president the possibility of a trade mission to China beginning next year. This plan was welcomed by the president at a meeting of New Zealand-China Council members in Auckland.
Ardern stated that New Zealand’s economic and trade ties with China have been resilient despite the challenges presented by COVID. Her These comments came two days after China announced it would abolish key components of a strict zero-COVID policy. This was a vital step to help a slowing economy.
Ardern spoke at the 50th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two nations. He said that New Zealand’s relationship to China was important, but complex and growing.
Ardern stated that “We continue to acknowledge that there are areas in which China and New Zealand disagree, or where our interests or worldviews differ.”
She added that in those areas where New Zealand and China disagreed, her government remained ready to engage, but would always advocate for New Zealand’s interests and values and speak out when needed.
She stated, “We do this predictably and consistently, and we respect that.”
Ardern spoke out about bilateral relations and areas to cooperate with Xi during talks in Bangkok. He also expressed concern about Taiwan Strait human rights.
New Zealand was long seen as the moderate voice, even absent from China, in the Five Eyes intelligence–sharing alliance. But it took a harder line after China signed a security deal with the Solomon Islands.
While Australia’s relationship has been strained with China, the interactions between New Zealanders and China remain largely cordial.