A delegation from New Zealand, coordinated by Asia New Zealand Foundation visited CISS On 16th November, 2011. They talked on Asia-Pacific regional issues, Sino-U.S. relations, perspectives on the Korean Peninsular, China foreign policy and discussed relevant topics with faculty members of Peking University.
The delegation members from New Zealand included Dr Richard Grant, Executive Director of Asia New Zealand Foundation, Dr Andrew Butcher, Director of Asia New Zealand Foundation, Professor Robert Ayson, Strategic Studies and Director of Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Huang Xiaoming, International Relations and Director of New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, Dr Tanya Ogilvie, University of Canterbury. Ms Lucy Coghill, Victoria University of Wellington and Asia New Zealand Foundation, Pip McLachlan, first secretary of New Zealand embassy in China, and He Huan, research officer of New Zealand embassy in China. CISS was represented by Deputy Director Professor Zhu Feng, General Secretary Associate Professor YuTiejun, Associate Professor Guo Jie and Associate Professor Chen Shaofeng.
The dialogue began with discussing the TPP. Participants from New Zealand expressed their attitude on the regional integration and explained the reasons, such as Newzealand is a relatively small country and do not have much leverage between the big countries. They believed that the regional integration was a necessary step for their development. They also put forward that there might be more frictions during the following negotiation. New Zealand experts asked some questions about China’s foreign policy directions especially on the South China Sea issue and the relationship with China’s neighboring countries. Participants talked about the SINO-US relations, perspectives on prospects for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsular and the Six-Party Talks. At the end of the meeting, New Zealand scholars represented New Zealand’s foreign policy as well as its domestic changes recent years such as the demographic changes and other society changes.