Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi to visit New Zealand next week

  • 14/03/2024
 Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi.
Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi. Photo credit: Getty

The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, will visit New Zealand next week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters made the announcement, saying he was looking forward to re-engaging with Minister Wang and discussing "the full breadth of the bilateral relationship, which is one of New Zealand's most important and complex".

Around this time last year, then-Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta visited China where she met with leaders including Minister Wang. It was the first visit by a New Zealand Foreign Minister since 2018.

"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," Peters said in a statement on Thursday.

"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."

He said they will discuss regional and global issues, including the importance of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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

Minister Wang, 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.