This December marks the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s establishment of diplomatic relations with China. “The Nation” this weekend will examine that relationship over a full programme on China.
1. Natasha Smith reports from the boom city of Shenzen on what the Chinese economy has to offer NZ.
2. Jenee Tibshraeny meets Future Dragonz — the young Chinese-New Zealand professionals who want to build bridges between the two countries.
3. Natasha talks to Cheng Lei, Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Wellington on the NZ-China relationship and on what China wants in New Zealand and the Pacific.
4. Richard Harman talks to Foreign Minister Murray McCully on our relationship with China.
5. Simon Shepherd will present the programme (Rachel is delayed returning from Ghana) and he will be talking to Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesman Phil Goff and the Chairman of the NZ China Trade Association, Tim White.
Next weekend – the 16/17 th June we will have an extended interview with Prime Minister John Key. Rachel will be joined by John Hartevelt from Fairfax’s Press Gallery office and Alex Tarrant from Interest.co.nz.
Broadcast Saturday June 9.30 am, and repeated Sunday June 3 at 8 am on TV3