Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Coleman to meet China’s top military officer

Coleman to meet China’s top military officer

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will hold talks on Monday with General Fan Changlong.

“As the top uniformed officer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the most senior Chinese officer to visit New Zealand since 2010, General Fan’s visit reflects the excellent state of our bilateral relationship,” says Dr Coleman.

“I look forward to meeting with General Fan and welcoming him to New Zealand. It will be a good opportunity to progress our defence engagement, and to discuss current regional security issues.”

“The NZDF is keen to continue to build its engagement with the PLA. New Zealand and China are currently participating in RIMPAC in Hawaii, the world’s largest maritime exercise involving 22 countries.

“In February, the Navy hosted its largest exercise in decades, with 14 nations including China taking part in a Mine Counter Measures exercise. Last August, the NZDF hosted Australian, US and Chinese military personnel for the first time for Exercise Phoenix Spirit, a disaster relief activity.”

General Fan is visiting New Zealand from 19-22 July as part of a wider visit to the region. He is Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and the second most senior CMC member after President Xi Jinping. His visit programme includes a call on Prime Minister John Key and meetings with senior Defence officials.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news