Ministry Statements & Speeches:
The meeting was a useful opportunity to discuss Aotearoa New Zealand’s contemporary relationship with China in this, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The Minister emphasized the importance of maintaining an open and constructive dialogue both in areas of cooperation and areas of difference. In this regard, the Minister referred to Aotearoa New Zealand’s values-based foreign policy, which included a strong focus on open democracy, human rights, and international rules and norms.
The Minister and Ambassador also exchanged views on regional matters, particularly the South Pacific. The Minister expressed concern at the challenges faced by the Pacific, including the challenges associated with climate change and economic resilience. The Minister took the opportunity to restate Aotearoa New Zealand’s concerns regarding the China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation Agreement and highlighted that discussion of regional security matters was best undertaken through existing regional institutions.