New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

Visit by Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser

Hon Tim Groser paid his first official visit to Beijing from 1-3 February 2010 as Minister of Trade and Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations. Mr Groser had previously visited China many times in other capacities, most recently at the signing of the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement in April 2008.

Hosted by his counterpart, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, Hon Tim Groser’s visit included positive discussions on the strong bilateral trade and economic relationship. Two-way trade between New Zealand and China surpassed NZ$10 billion in 2009, representing an overall increase of over 12%. The second round of tariff reductions under the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) occurred 1 January 2010 and the two sides continue to work cooperatively to ensure the smooth implementation of the FTA.

Ministers also discussed bilateral investment and newer potential areas of cooperation including in clean technologies. Minister Chen expressed support for concluding the Doha round and for the New Zealand’s successfully concluded CEP negotiations with Hong Kong.

Minister Groser also met with Vice-Chairman Xie Zhenhua of China’s National Development and Reform Commission to discuss climate change and the Agricultural Emissions Global Research Alliance initiative, and spoke at a KEA Beijing hosted breakfast.

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