Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

New Zealand and China: Reflections on 45 years of engagement

Guest Speaker: John McKinnon
Former New Zealand ambassador to China

Event Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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New Zealand has a long relationship with China, although not as long as China’s own history. It has had many phases, a less than edifying ‘pre-history’, non-recognition in the 1950s and 1960s, embracing China in the 1970s, and China now our most important trade and economic partner, as well as a significant participant in regional and global affairs. We want to learn more about China.

In memory of Professor Athol Mann who we remember for his passion for and contribution to our relationship with China and Asia, Asia Forum is delighted for Mr John McKinnon’s acceptance of the invitation to speak to the forum on the above topic.

John McKinnon has for most of his career been a professional diplomat, dividing his time between New Zealand, other English-speaking countries, and China. He has been posted three times in China, twice as ambassador. His final assignment there concluded a year ago, in April 2018. He speaks and reads Chinese and maintains a continuing interest in matters relating to China, now as a senior fellow of Victoria University’s Centre for Strategic Studies.

Bell Gully

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