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Friday, August 1

Worker named NZ Ambassador to China

ONE week before the Olympic game in China,Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced yesterday the new Zealand Ambassador to China

“China has become central to the future of the Asia-Pacific region, and to our own diplomatic effort in the region.There are currently nine New Zealand government agencies represented on the ground in China, and more than 50 agencies have dealings with the Chinese," Mr. Peter said

Strengthening our diplomatic presence there is a key part of the enhanced capability for foreign affairs that was announced in this year’s Budget. We also plan to build on the Free Trade Agreement with China by ensuring there will be a strong New Zealand presence at the Shanghai EXPO in 2010.

He named Diplomat . Carl Worker as the next NZ Ambassador to ChIna . Mr. Worker is a Mandarin Chinese speaker, and has been posted to Beijing twice, including as Deputy Head of Mission. He has also been New Zealand Consul-General in Hong Kong, and New Zealand Ambassador in Argentina.

Mr. Peter also noted that China’s importance to New Zealand is underscored by the fact that it is now our second largest source of imports, and our fourth largest export market.