Prime Minister welcomes Chinese Party Secretary Li Xi
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
MP for Mt Albert
7 September 2018
Party Secretary of Guangdong Province Li Xi, who is travelling here as a Guest of the New Zealand Government, will be welcomed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday. Mr Li is also a member of the national-level Politburo.
“New Zealand’s relationship with China has grown rapidly during the last decade; it covers a wide range of issues, including trade, tourism, scientific, economic and cultural connections,” says Jacinda Ardern.
“I have met both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at regional meetings and I am planning to visit China later this year. Party Secretary Li’s visit reaffirms that the bilateral relationship between New Zealand and China is in good shape.
“New Zealand also has special ties to Guangdong province. It was from Guangdong that the first Chinese settlers arrived in New Zealand, as far back as the 1860s. Guangdong is now an economic powerhouse and we continue to enjoy extensive business, trade, education, and tourism links,” says Jacinda Ardern.
Party Secretary Li’s 3-day visit will include a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister and a dinner hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister. The Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Trade and Export Growth, and the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation will also meet with Secretary Li.