12 Nov 2014

PM's wife left holding baby (panda)

8:53 pm on 12 November 2014

Prime Minister John Key has opened a diplomatic post in western China, taking New Zealand's total number in the country to five.

Prime Minister John Key at the opening of a New Zealand diplomatic post in Chengdu, China.

Prime Minister John Key at the opening of a New Zealand diplomatic post in Chengdu, China. Photo: RNZ / Patrick O'Meara

Mr Key opened the New Zealand Consulate-General in Chengdu today.

China is New Zealand's largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth more than $20 billion a year. The Government aims to lift that to $30 billion by 2020.

Mr Key said the new post was a continuation of New Zealand's expanding and increasingly close relationship with China.

"We will continue to actively explore opportunities for trade and investment in areas where New Zealand has world class technologies and services, including aviation, agriculture, agri-business, food and beverage and environmental technologies," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Key's wife, Bronagh Key, visited the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu.

Bronagh Key at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu, China.

Bronagh Key at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu, China. Photo: Pool

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