New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


H.E. Mr Yang Jiechi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
People’s Republic of China

Your Excellency

It was with real concern that I heard today of the earthquake which has occurred in Yunnan province. Please accept my personal condolences, and those of the Government and people of New Zealand.


On 7 March Counsellor Le Aimei, wife of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, presided over the opening ceremony of "China in my Eyes", a photographic exhibition of work submitted by female diplomats and spouses in celebration of International Women's Day at China's Capital Museum in Beijing.


On 22 March 2011, a memorial ceremony was held at the New Zealand Embassy for victims of the Christchurch Earthquake. Members of the New Zealand community in Beijing were joined by representatives of Chinese Government departments and organisations, all of whom had provided assistance in the wake of the earthquake. This included members of the Chinese Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), who were deployed in Christchurch after the disaster.


New Zealand author Sarah Laing spoke to a large group of Peking University students on 7 March. The session, on "how to write", was organised by Peking University's New Zealand Centre and Office of International Relations, in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy's Education Section. Sarah Laing was in China with the support of Creative NZ and the New Zealand Book Council in order to appear in the annual Beijing and Shanghai international literary festivals.

3 March 2011
Wen Jiabao
State Council
People’s Republic of China
Dear Premier Wen
Thank you for your kind message of support expressing your condolences and those of the people of China following the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011. The quake has already claimed many lives and we have grave fears for the lives of many more, including those of a number of your own nationals.

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We are gathered here today to show our solidarity for our fellow countrymen and the people from all countries who have lost their lives or are still missing following the earthquake in Christchurch last week, and for their family members and friends who are mourning them and enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.

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