[14 May/Stuff]

Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, will go to China to talk trade at a critical time. Mr Peters said the objective was to extend their relationship and a range of issues would be up for discussion. He added that China had a growing influence on the Pacific region and that New Zealand needed to step up as part of its Pacific reset. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, noted New Zealand wasn’t naïve to the issue of foreign interference and that it was monitored on an ongoing basis. Trade Minister, David Parker, said he was hoping for quick and substantial progress in negotiations for an upgrade to New Zealand and China’s Free Trade Agreement. Last year, New Zealand signed a memorandum of understanding for the One Belt One Road initiative. Ms Ardern added next year would be the China New Zealand year of tourism, but we needed to look further.