The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre provides a national platform for China-related capability building and knowledge sharing among tertiary institutions, the business community, and public sector organizations in New Zealand for effective engagement with China.
The Centre provides a collaborative forum for and national leadership in the promotion of research relating to contemporary China, and enhances collaboration between the universities across their diverse expertise on China to ensure a more efficient and effective network of provision across the universities.
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The China Centre marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China.
The economic of China is shaping up as the defining feature of the world economy in the early 21st century. The 2013 Wellington Conference on Contemporary China examined the trends and emerging pattern of China’s international trade, investment, and activities in other international economic sectors, and explored how China's growing economic impact on individual countries and economies like New Zealand.
The economic rise of China presents New Zealand commentators and analysts with the task of making sense of not only how Chinese growth will impact New Zealand's economic relations with China, but how the internationalization of the Chinese economy is shaping the structure of the world economy and what this means for individual countries like New Zealand.