New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


New Zealand Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Maurice Williamson, visited China 23-29 October. During his visit he discussed the Christchurch earthquake in September and New Zealand's earthquake proofing and management systems with Chinese counterpart Minister Jiang Weixin of the Ministry of Housing, Urban-Rural Development.

An interesting report on the Christchurch earthquake in Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo) can be found here (below in translation).


Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the shelling by North Korea of the civilian population on an island in South Korea.

"The attack represents a new and dangerous level of aggression by the DPRK regime, coming in the wake of the DPRK attack on the South Korean vessel, the Cheonan," Mr McCully said.

"This is a time for cool heads in order to avoid this clash escalating into a more serious threat to the stability of the region. It is also a time in which the DPRK's neighbours should leave them in no doubt that their actions are unacceptable.


Following their meeting in Beijing yesterday the ministers of customs for New Zealand and China signed a statement of cooperation to combat the smuggling of pharmaceutical products used to manufacture methamphetamine ("P").

The signing followed a meeting yesterday between Customs Minister Maurice Williamson and his counterpart Minister Sheng Guangzu.

It will ensure the New Zealand and Chinese Customs will work together to combat the importation of drugs used in the making of P.


Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Minister of Transport was interviewed by and during his visit to the China International Education Exhibition on 16 October. In these interviews, Minister Joyce discusses the New Zealand education system and the benefits it offers Chinese students.


In a meeting today Customs Minister Maurice Williamson and his Chinese counterpart, Minister Sheng Guangzu have acknowledged the good work to date in implementing the New Zealand - China Free Trade Agreement.

"In the first year of the Free Trade Agreement's implementation, New Zealand's exports to China increased by almost 60 percent", Mr Williamson says.

"China is now our second largest trading partner and for the growth in our exports to continue Customs processes at the border need to be as efficient as possible," he says.


Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce will lead a trade delegation to China this week in a bid to further build the presence of New Zealand companies in the rapidly growing Chinese ICT market.

"China’s ICT market is vast. They have more than 420 million internet users, 823 million mobile phone users, and 277 million mobile phone internet users," Mr Joyce says.


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is advising companies to put off business activities in Guangdong during this period, including the week before and after the Asia Games. Accommodation in Guangzhou and some surrounding cities will be limited and travel restrictions will be in force for the games, making travel around the city difficult at times, particularly on the 12 and 26 November. People and bags will be searched on the subway.


Hotels in Guangzhou advise New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) that for periods of time they will be booked out. NZTE advises companies planning to travel during these dates to get book early or delay their travel.


An international charity sale for persons with disabilities-- “Love Knows No Borders” was hosted by Madam Le Aimei, wife of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, on 4th September 2010 in Chaoyang Park.

Aside from the New Zealand Embassy, there were nearly 80 Embassies and international organizations in China that took part in this Charity Sale.


The role is responsible for contributing to the effective and efficient operation of the Qingdao team by providing high-level support services to the Trade Commissioner and Business Development Manager who are based in Beijing and a Trade Development Executive based in Qingdao.

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