New Zealand has a long relationship with China, although not as long as China's own history. It has had many phases, a less than edifying 'pre-history', non-recognition in the 1950s and 1960s, embracing China in the 1970s, and China now our most important trade and economic partner, as well as a significant participant in regional and global affairs. We want to hear China's voice and we want to China to hear ours. How best can we do so when we are two such different countries.
Club member John McKinnon has for most of his career been a professional diplomat, dividing his time between New Zealand, other English-speaking countries, and China. He has been posted three times in China, twice as ambassador. His final assignment there concluded a year ago, in April 2018. He speaks and reads Chinese and maintains a continuing interest in matters relating to China, now as a senior fellow of Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Studies.
Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual