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China wool purchase, 1987

China wool purchase, 1987

Communist China became an important purchaser of New Zealand wool in the 1980s. Liu Xiwen, a vice-minister in China’s foreign trade ministry, led a six-man team to New Zealand in 1987, a year in which China was New Zealand’s biggest customer for wool.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/3126/9
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Malcolm McKinnon, 'International economic relations - Socialist bloc, the Middle East and New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010