COMMENT:

Trade Minister David Parker has firmly committed New Zealand to China's Belt and Road Initiative, putting an end to speculation that domestic political differences would stand in the way of a New Zealand work plan being developed.

At a dinner in Beijing, Parker said New Zealand was "very committed" to working with China to develop the bilateral relationship further.

"As we celebrate the accomplishment of having built our trading relationship in excess of $30 billion, we have also got other things to look forward to and celebrate.

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"The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the plan to upgrade our