New Zealand aims to cooperate further with Yangtze River Delta
For many people, New Zealand is like a land of milk and honey with its purity. And, in China, that can be seen in people’s everyday lives, with New Zealand’s quality products visible everywhere, like dairy products, honey, baby milk powder, seafood, beef and mutton, kiwifruit and apples.
As New Zealand’s largest trading partner for many years, China has always been attracting much attention from New Zealand. For example, companies from New Zealand are watching really closely China’s “integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta” policy rolled out in recent years.
In the view of Andrew Robinson, New Zealand’s Consul General in Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta region of China is essential to the trade connections between New Zealand and China. It was one of the first parts of China to open up and has developed a very strong modern economy based on a range of sectors.
New Zealand has strong trade links with this part of China, with approximately 40% of its exports to China going through ports in the wider region. Therefore it relies on the good supply chains, logistic chains and also important administrative infrastructure that supports trade as well.
There are a lot of New Zealand companies in the region who are producing some of the highest quality, safest and cleanest products in the world. A lot of connections reflect New Zealand’s expertise and advantages, such as agriculture, technological innovation and cultural industries.
In the past year, Mr Robinson was most impressed by the number of connections between New Zealand and the region led by Shanghai, particularly in the cultural industry. He said that although New Zealand is a small country, it has many links in movies, TV series and fashion design, especially with Shanghai.
Regarding more participation in the development of the region in the future, Mr Robinson is full of confidence. Whether it is cooperation in the field of science and technology in the research of non-communicable diseases, or further developing the connections in the cultural and creative industry, he believes that “more can be done.”
In the eyes of Mr Robinson, the Year of the Rat has always been an auspicious year for the relationship between China and New Zealand. Whether it was the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries or the signing of a free trade agreement, they all occurred in a Year of the Rat. He is wishful that this Year of the Rat 2020 will be a very prosperous and productive one as well, and very auspicious for the relationship between China and New Zealand.