Chinese foreign minister meets New Zealand counterpart to start diplomatic tour


Wellington: New Zealand – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met him New Zealand equivalent China's most senior diplomat began his tour of the country on Monday Australia,
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters welcomed Wang in New Zealand's capital Wellington.
“There have been some important developments since we last met, not least a global pandemic affecting both of our countries,” Peters said in opening remarks at their formal meeting at New Zealand's Parliament House.
“Today is a valuable opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing us.”
Wang is the highest-ranking Chinese politician to visit the country since his last visit in 2017.
New Zealand has had strong economic relations with China in recent years and was the first developed country to sign a bilateral free trade agreement with Beijing in 2008.
Wang will also have brief meetings with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Trade Minister Todd McClay in Wellington.
“Work with the two countries to advance common understanding among China leaders, enhance strategic communication, deepen mutual trust, advance exchanges and cooperation, and promote the stable and sustained development of China-New Zealand and China Looking forward to doing.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Australia will pursue a comprehensive strategic partnership and contribute to world peace, stability and prosperity.
Wang will arrive in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday to meet counterpart Penny Wong, with talks between the pair expected to focus on the case of detained Australian Yang Hengjun.
This will be the first time the two foreign ministers have met face-to-face since Yang was found guilty of espionage after a closed trial and sentenced to death with a two-year sentence in February.
Also on the agenda will be the removal of the last-remaining trade tariffs imposed by China in 2020 and widely regarded as punishment by the previous Australian government for passing laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics. To crack down on Chinese-owned telecommunications. Huawei giant Huawei has been blocked from rolling out Australia's 5G network amid security concerns and calls for an independent investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trade tariff caused an estimated 20 billion Australian dollars ($13 billion) loss to the local economy, but has since been phased out on most goods except wine, rock lobster and some slaughterhouses.

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