It is hoped a visit by Chinese airline and government officials, travel wholesalers and media to Queenstown next month will translate quickly into more high-spending Asian visitors to the Lakes district.
Muammar Gaddafi's speeches grow ever more delusional: last Thursday he accused al-Qaeda of putting hallucinogenic pills into the coffee of unsuspecting Libyan 17-year-olds in order to get them to attack the regime. But he also said something important.
China plans to build at least 45 new airports in the next five years to serve booming travel, the top industry regulator said.
Trade with China has increased by more than a third since the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) came into force, Trade Minister Tim Groser says.
Queenstown is bidding to attract many of the 85,000 new passengers flying into Auckland from China on a new air service.
An explosion in a coal mine in central China killed 13 miners who were working despite an order to halt production at the site, state media reported today in the latest tragedy to strike the country's accident-ridden mining industry.
Japanese prosecutors have said they will release the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel involved in a collision near disputed islands.
You be the judge. Imagine for a few moments that you are an official in the Overseas Investment Office with the power to say yes or no to applications from foreign interests wanting to buy parcels of New Zealand land.
China looms ever larger as a trading partner with New Zealand.
The Otago Museum has signed an agreement with one of the world's biggest science museums, providing a gateway for Otago science exhibits to enter the huge Chinese market.
In 2007-08, the global economy fell off a cliff. It is currently perched on a ledge partway down the precipice. Unfortunately, the ledge appears to be crumbling.
Hundreds of distraught villagers huddled in tents today as rescuers searched for family members buried after a landslide trapped at least 107 people in rain-hit southwestern China.
According to the police, a number of witnesses were spoken to after Green Party co-leader Russel Norman complained of assault by Chinese security agents attending the visit to Parliament by China's Vice-president, Xi Jiping, last week.
China has vowed to keep a tight grip on the internet, saying in a white paper it will continue to block anything considered subversive or threatening to "national unity."
Tourism operators offering shoddy New Zealand tours for Chinese visitors are the target of a revised code of conduct aimed at cleaning up the industry.
When blogger Isaac Mao recently announced online an upcoming talk by a Beijing writer whose work is banned by the government, police showed up at his door at night to "convince" him to cancel the event. He agreed to, but just to be sure, authorities turned off the electricity of the planned meeting space and barred the doors.
Too busy for Facebook, let alone Twitter? Tracey Barnett has second thoughts.
Soldiers and civilians used shovels and their bare hands to dig through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan region of China yesterday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 10,000.
More than 100 Chinese miners were pulled out alive today after being trapped for more than a week in a flooded coal mine, sparking cheers among the hundreds of rescue workers who had raced to save them and almost given up hope.
Nine miners were pulled to safety early today after spending more than a week trapped in a flooded coal mine in northern China, and state television reported more survivors may be found.