Gerry Brownlee jets to China
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is off to China a week after Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay visited that country.
Mr Brownlee, who leaves today, will visit Beijing where he will give a speech to the National Defence University and call on General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.
He will also meet General Chang Wanquan, Minister of National Defence, before travelling to Chengdu, and the Chengdu Military District, where he will meet commanders and visit a military base.
He will also meet the Governor of Sichuan province and visit a park that commemorates the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
As Canterbury earthquake recovery minister, Mr Brownlee is overseeing the recovery of Christchurch from devastating earthquakes.
Last weekend, Mr Joyce said he did not think the thumbs-down for the sale of a big farm to a Chinese company would damage relations between New Zealand and China.
Land Information Minister Louise Upston and Associate Finance Minister Paula Bennett declined Shanghai Pengxin's application to buy the 14,000 hectare Lochinver Station near Taupo.
They were not satisfied there would be a substantial benefit to New Zealand. The decision took 14 months.