NZ-China in defence deal

NEW ZEALAND Defence Minister Ron Mark has signed a memorandum of arrangement concerning defence cooperation with China’s Minister of National Defence, General Wei Fenghe in Beijing.
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Defence ministers Ron Mark and Wei Fenghe

Staff Reporter

The ministers signed the arrangement following their bilateral meeting, in which they reviewed the state of the defence relationship.
"China and New Zealand cooperate across a range of areas. This arrangement provides a strong framework under which we can continue this cooperation. It recognises our ongoing intention to maintain dialogue across a range of levels in the defence relationship, to build our understanding of each other and promote positive links between our people," Mark said.
The arrangement recognises some specific areas of common interest, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as international peace cooperation activities.
"From my discussions and the signing of this arrangement, it is clear to me that our two defence establishments can achieve a lot together," Mark said.
"We already share commitments to UN peacekeeping missions, most notably in South Sudan. Our militaries are also conducting joint planning activities to ensure we work together effectively on disaster relief.
"With the increasing impacts of climate change being felt in our region and globally, most notably through damaging weather events, these strong relationships will be key in ensuring any combined support we provide is effective," he said.



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