Nanaia Mahuta visited Beijing this week and says she raised issues including abuses in Xinjiang and the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong
New Zealand’s foreign minister said she raised concerns about China’s human rights abuses and growing tensions with Taiwan in a meeting with her Chinese counterpart.
Nanaia Mahuta told the Chinese foreign minister, Qin Gang, of her government’s “deep concerns regarding the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong”, according to a statement issued on Saturday.
In her talks with Qin she also raised concerns “over developments in the South China Sea”, the statement said.
Mahuta this week made the first visit to China by a New Zealand foreign minister since 2018.
China’s ties to Russia were also raised, with Mahuta saying Wellington “would be concerned by any provision of lethal aid in support of Russia’s illegal war”.
New Zealand has previously called out China, its largest trading partner, over reports of the repression of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
It has also joined the United States in accusing China of attempting to increase its military presence in the Pacific.
Taiwan’s 23.5 million people live under constant threat of an invasion by China, which claims the self-ruled democracy as part of its territory to be seized one day, by force if necessary.
Beijing’s sabre-rattling has intensified in recent years under President Xi Jinping, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has deepened fears in Taiwan that China might move similarly.
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