New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China
Parliamentary relations with New Zealand important to China
A New Zealand parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Tisch, was accorded privileged access to Chairman (and Acting President) Wu Bangguo, Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress during their recent visit to China.
Mr Tisch, accompanied by Tim Macindoe MP and Dr Rajen Prasad MP visited China at Chairman Wu’s invitation. This is the first parliamentary visit to China since 2004.
“By inviting a parliamentary delegation to visit the National People’s Congress, Chairman Wu reinforced the importance he places on parliamentary exchanges. During our meeting, he stressed the importance of China’s relationship with New Zealand, and the consistency and continuity that parliamentary exchanges provide in strengthening this relationship” said Mr Tisch.
The visit also provided an opportunity for the delegation to observe Fonterra’s first offshore dairy farm in China. The farm represents the best international standard practice in dairy farming, and demonstrates the increasing agricultural and economic cooperation taking place between New Zealand and China.
“Chairman Wu commented on the complementary nature of the trade which exists between our two countries, especially under the Free Trade Agreement, and the Fonterra farm at Tangshan demonstrates the future of this relationship,” added Mr Tisch.
The bilateral visit to China took place from 19 to 23 January.