Chris Elder (ed)

Forty Years On: New Zealand-China relations then, now and in the years to come


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Paperback, 170 × 240mm
130 pages

August 2013

Victoria University Press for the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre.

Following the establishment of diplomatic relations on 22 December 1972, New Zealand and China have developed a broad and substantial relationship that is among New Zealand’s most important.

Two symposia were held in 2012 to celebrate forty years of New Zealand–China relations: one in Wellington and one in Beijing. Forty Years On offers a digest of the two symposia’s deliberations, expressed in the words of the participants, who included political leaders, government officials, academics, business people, journalists and others.

From the first ministerial mission to Beijing, to increasing economic ties and cross-cultural exchanges, Forty Years On gives insights into the history of the New Zealand–China relationship and looks towards what opportunities and challenges the future might hold.

Chris Elder is the editor of New Zealand’s China Experience: Its Genesis, Triumphs, and Occasional Moments of Less than Complete Success, published by Victoria University Press in 2012. A career diplomat, he was part of the team that set up the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing in the early 1970s, and returned as ambassador 1993–1997.

Cover photo: New Zealand’s first Ambassador to China, Bryce Harland, presents his credentials to the Acting President of China, Dong Biwu, on 20 September 1973.
Cover background: Kerry Ann Lee, Blue Willow Landscape (2007), painting on found lithoprint, 550 x 880 mm

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