New Zealand. (File photo from Xinhua)
Advocator of China-New Zealand cooperation
Since being appointed Minister for Trade and Export Growth in 2017, Parker has been acting as a strong advocator for Belt and Road project cooperation between China and New Zealand.
Last month Parker led a delegation of business representatives to China for the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The delegation consisted of senior executives from 17 New Zealand companies, including those from aviation, agricultural produce, pharmaceutical, entertainment and wood processing industries.
At the beginning of this month, when addressing an annual China-focused business summit in Auckland, Parker became ever more convinced that New Zealand should learn more about the Belt and Road Initiative and look for mutually beneficial ways of getting on board.
It goes without saying that Parker has tremendous reasons to do so. China is now New Zealand's largest trading partner, export market and source of import and New Zealand stands as one of the five largest food exporters to China.
During the interview, Parker introduced that besides BRI cooperation, his country now is working with China to speed up the work on upgrading their free trade agreement, strengthening cooperation on issues including climate change and reform and safeguarding of the multilateral trade system.
“More broadly, we aim to cooperate across a wide range of areas,” said Parker in the interview.