Chinese Premier to visit

China Premier set for official NZ trade visit

The pair have met before, when Mr English was deputy prime minister and Mr Li vice premier. More than 400,000 Chinese tourists visited New Zealand past year, spending over $1.6 billion.

Li said on Monday China would streamline administrative procedures for foreign investments and ensure a level playing field for companies registered in the country, Xinhua reported the premier saying at a meeting held during the China Development Forum in Beijing.

Discussions over a potential Belt and Road memorandum of understanding began in October previous year, while Xi first raised Northern Australia as a potential Belt and Road investment destination during his visit to Australia in 2014.

Mr Li will also travel to New Zealand for talks with government and business leaders next week, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English announced yesterday.

Both New Zealand and Australia is encouraging China and other major Asian economies to join the trade treaty after Trump ended USA involvement.

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The Australian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New Zealand International Business Forum's executive director Stephen Jacobi said the visit was likely to discuss upgrading the free trade agreement between New Zealand and China, signed in 2008. On the eve of his visit, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered an unusually sharp warning to China on its need to move towards democracy.

China is our largest trading partner, with two-way trade of $150 billion in 2016.

There were reports China was interested in joining a revived Trans Pacific Partnership, which the United States pulled out of after Donald Trump was elected President.

Li visits New Zealand after Australia.

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