WAIRARAPA: New Zealand's China - Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 8:00pm
The Seminar Room, Wairarapa Sports House, Cnr Chapel and Jackson Streets, Masterton

SPEAKER: John McKinnon

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, and then the embracing of China in the 1970s.

“Today China is our most important trade and economic partner, as well as a significant participant in regional and global affairs,” says John McKinnon. “We want to hear China’s voice and we want China to hear ours. How best can we do so when we are two such different countries?”

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 to 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.