Parliament

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

 

Meeting between Jonathan Coleman and General Fan Changlong

Joint statement on the meeting between Minister of Defence, Jonathan Coleman and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, General Fan Changlong

At the invitation of the New Zealand Minister of Defence, the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, General Fan Changlong, visited New Zealand from 19 to 22 July, 2014. On 21 July, General Fan met with New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key, and held formal talks with Minister Coleman. The two sides discussed enhancing the bilateral defence relationship, current regional security issues, and other matters of common interest.

General Fan was accompanied by senior officers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the PLA, Lieutenant General Wang Ning, the Political Commissar of the PLA Navy, Admiral Liu Xiaojiang, the Commander of the Guangzhou Military Region, General Xu Fenlin, and the Deputy Commander of Guangzhou Military Region and Commander of Guangzhou Regional Air Force, Lieutenant General Xu Anxiang. He was also accompanied by China’s Ambassador to New Zealand, HE Mr Wang Lutong.

Both sides recalled the steady development of the defence relationship over recent years and the positive advances made in terms of regular high-level visits, strategic dialogue, and educational exchanges. Both sides agreed that defence ties between New Zealand and China were an important component in the comprehensive, cooperative and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship.

Looking ahead, both sides undertook to continue to strengthen defence ties. They agreed to enhance exchanges, in particular on non-traditional security issues, including through on-going high-level bilateral defence visits and strengthened strategic communications. The Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short, and Deputy Secretary of Defence, Mr Tony Lynch, will visit China to attend the 7th China-New Zealand Strategic Defence Dialogue later this year.

The two sides agreed to a mechanism for conducting humanitarian and disaster relief exercises. The PLA invited the New Zealand Defence Force to participate in the “Cooperation Spirit 2014” joint humanitarian and disaster relief exercise involving military personnel from China, New Zealand, Australia and the United States, being held in China later this year.

The two sides considered that maritime security is of vital importance to all countries in this region and discussed ways to further regional cooperation.

The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation on peacekeeping. The two sides also agreed to enhance defence cooperation on South Pacific affairs, in particular in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

During his visit to New Zealand, General Fan also met with New Zealand Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, and Acting Secretary of Defence, Mr Tony Lynch, and visited Joint Forces Headquarters and RNZAF Base Auckland.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Bojo Visit

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision...

Currently, Johnson is touring the former colonies, talking up the historical ties. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog