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The Future of Asia 2021

New Zealand will manage China ties in 'predictable' way: minister

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New Zealand's minister for trade and export growth, Damien O'Connor, speaks to Nikkei Asia during an online interview on May 21. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- New Zealand's minister for trade and export growth aims to build on his country's business with its No. 1 partner, China, while reserving the right to address concerns at the appropriate time and place.

The relationship with China is "one of our most significant," Damien O'Connor stressed in an interview with Nikkei Asia on Friday, in conjunction with an appearance at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference.

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