Fourth-ranked Chinese leader, Jia Qinglin, arrived at Christchurch’s Military Airport terminal this morning where he was welcomed by Primary Industries Minister, David Carter, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and representatives of Ngai Tahu.
Mr Jia is the chair of People’s Political Consultative Conference, a political advisory body.
Jia Qinglin was one of the 11 officials in the CCP central committee who actively participates in and promoted the persecution of Falun Gong.
Since September 2004, Jia Qinglin has been sued in Austria, Spain, and Holland for his crimes of genocide and torture, and crimes against humanity in the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.
The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has also investigated him.
The Chinese leader’s four day visit celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China.
On hearing of Mr Jia’s arrival in Christchurch, nine Falun Dafa practitioners quickly went to the Copthorne Hotel Commodore where they waited patiently outside to see Mr Jia.
Holding banners deploring the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, the practitioners were disappointed to learn that Jia Qinglin had departed from the hotel by the back entrance
Mr Jia was taken on a tour of Christchurch’ quake damaged Red Zone and later visited the Antarctic Centre.
He will be heading Queenstown tomorrow morning where he will be taking a cruise to the Walter Peak Station. He will then meet up with Deputy Prime Minister Bill English at parliament tomorrow afternoon for the signing ceremony.
New Zealand is the first country in the developed world to have signed a free trade agreement with China.