New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged China to “use its influence and access to help address regional issues” and international security challenges, such as North Korea and Ukraine.
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On the sidelines of the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, held in Bangkok (Thailand), the Prime Minister of New Zealand, jacinda ardernheld a meeting with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. During the 50-minute conversation, the two leaders talked about cooperation, but also about some tense topics, such as Taiwan, North Korea and Ukraine.
According to a statement by the government of New ZealandArdern spoke of “significant areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade, agriculture, climate change and the environment,” as well as “the strength of our bilateral connections and the bilateral trade relationship, which provides significant benefit to both parts”. Speaking to reporters in the Thai capital, he added: “I have tried to focus on those areas where I think there is potential for us to work together. Climate change is obvious, it is a number one priority for our region.”
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China it is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, accounting for around a third of its exports. At the end of 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that two-way trade in goods and services amounted to NZ$37.7 billion, up 20% from the previous year, with the Chinese market accounting for 23% of the total. New Zealand’s total trade.
But regional security, in a context of repeated missile launches from North Korea, as well as the war in Ukraine, was also a major topic at the meeting. “Obviously, we are at a turning point in the region. Nobody cares that we see a loss of peace and stability in the region, and I would say that is a shared opinion. That is where there is consensus,” Ardern said.
In addition to addressing concerns regarding Xinjiang, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Taiwan, the New Zealand prime minister also urged Beijing to “use its influence and access to help address regional issues” and international security challenges, What North Korea Y Ukraine. This, because he stressed that, despite the different political systems they have, both countries have benefited from stability and regional security.
For his part, the Chinese president said: “You have said on multiple occasions that New Zealand is committed to an independent foreign policy and that China-New Zealand relations are one of the most important pairs of bilateral relations involving New Zealand. . In addition, that the two parties must cooperate in areas of converging interests. I appreciate it”. He said the partnership had been mutually beneficial and should be taken “to a higher level.”
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