27 Jun 2023

PM Hipkins in Beijing for high level political meetings

From Morning Report, 8:11 am on 27 June 2023

Chris Hipkins has arrived in Beijing ahead of a number of high level political meetings, fraught with diplomatic challenges.

It's been four years since the last visit from a New Zealand Prime Minister and both sides say they are keen to resume face to face meetings.

Amid the global turmoil, China's ambassador to New Zealand Wang Xiaolong, says the relationship is as good as it's even been.

He told our political editor, Jane Patterson, there is room for discussion of sensitive issues, within limits.