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.
The New Zealand – China Doctoral Research Scholarship Programme, which was launched by the New Zealand and Chinese Governments alongside the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in April 2008, is a full scholarship package funded by the two countries. It funds a three year research programme at PhD level.
Education Minister Anne Tolley and China's Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Zhang Limin, signed an education agreement at Parliament which focuses on enhancing education research, science and technology links between New Zealand and China.