New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English held his first official meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Wellington today.
Mr Li is the second-ranked member of the Chinese government, after President Xi Jinping.
He arrived in New Zealand on Sunday night, following a five-day stay in Australia.
It is his first trip to New Zealand as China’s Premier, having previously visited in 2009 as Vice Premier.
The Prime Minister, Bill English, who had a private dinner with Mr Li on Sunday night, said it was an important opportunity to strengthen trade between the two countries.
China was New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner, with two-way trade reaching a new all-time high of $23 billion in 2016.
Mr English said he wanted to progress talks on expanding their eight-year-old free trade deal.