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Audrey Young: Key raises a glass to China friendship

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John Key offers a toast to good relations between New Zealand and Guangzhou at the China Southern Airlines HQ yesterday. Photo / Audrey Young
John Key offers a toast to good relations between New Zealand and Guangzhou at the China Southern Airlines HQ yesterday. Photo / Audrey Young

Prime Minister John Key begins his Shanghai schedule today where chicken is likely to be off the menu.

A scare over a new strain of avian flu, H7N9, which has killed nine people, has closed live chicken markets and halted the slaughter of chickens.

Mr Key spent yesterday visiting Guangzhou, the biggest city in Guangdong province. With a GDP of more than US$650 million ($770 million) it is the wealthiest in China.

He attended a New Zealand promotion event last night at China Southern Air, which flies into Auckland daily. Immigration has signed a deal to extend the visa arrangement it has with its frequent flyers to New Zealand - allowing it to speed up their visas.

The arrangement was criticised by NZ First leader Winston Peters in Parliament last year.

Mr Key yesterday paid tribute to the airline for its second anniversary of flying daily to New Zealand. Chinese tourists to the year to February reached a record 200,000.

He said if President Xi Jinping's estimate of 400,000 million outbound Chinese tourists a year happened, New Zealand might expect a million of them -similar to the number of tourists from Australia.

The kapa haka group Tumunako performed ahead of Mr Key's speech.

- NZ Herald

Audrey Young

Audrey Young is the New Zealand Herald’s political editor.

Audrey Young is the New Zealand Herald’s political editor, a job she has held since 2003. She is responsible for the Herald’s Press Gallery team. She first joined the New Zealand Herald in 1988 as a sub-editor after the closure of its tabloid rival, the Auckland Sun. She switched to reporting in 1991 as social welfare and housing reporter. She joined the Herald’s Press Gallery office in 1994. She has previously worked as a journalism tutor at Manukau Technical Institute, as member of the Newspapers in Education unit at Wellington Newspapers and as a teacher in Wellington. She was a union nominee on the Press Council for six years.

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