Chinese Navy vessel leaves Wellington on Pacific tour

6:04 pm on 30 October 2019

A Chinese Navy Vessel is heading to Fiji from Wellington after stopping in New Zealand's capital over the weekend.

 Photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows the opening ceremony of the 4th national military camp for students in Dalian, coastal city of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

A photo taken on board the Qi Jiguang in 2017. Photo: AFP

The Qi Jiguang departed Wellington harbour this morning.

The navy training vessel arrived in Wellington on Saturday coming directly from Papua New Guinea.

Over 500 cadets were on board the Qi Jiguang, participating in an annual exchange programme.

They trained alongside the New Zealand Navy and visited Victoria University.

Anne-Marie Brady, an academic and observer of geopolitics at Canterbury University, questioned the lack of transparency over the vessel's visit.

Winston Peters was unavailable for comment as he was touring Korea and Japan.

A New Zealand Defence Force spokesperson said the government was aware of the visiting vessel.

The Chinese Embassy did not answer the phone when approached for comment.