26 Sep 2015

'Chinese investors need clear message'

2:24 pm on 26 September 2015

A Chinese diplomat is warning New Zealand could risk sending the wrong message about Chinese investment in this country.

China's foreign affairs committee chair Fu Ying is visiting New Zealand and was asked about the government's decision to block the sale of Lochinver Station to Chinese investors, and Labour raising concerns about Chinese investment in Auckland's housing market.

Ms Ying told TV3's The Nation that she wouldn't comment on New Zealand domestic politics, but she said there was no reason why Chinese investors could not be successful here.

"I hope the message is clear and consistent because if it is a mixed message people will wonder if this is a good investment place or not," she said.

"Generally speaking I think New Zealand has a very good reputation in China. I would hope you value that."

Ms Ying said she believed New Zealand did act fairly towards Chinese investors.

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