Relations with Counterpart Organisations

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The past few months has been an active period for NZIIA in strengthening its links with overseas counterparts. In early June 2008, in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation, a group visited Hanoi for dialogue with a number of Vietnamese institutions. In late July there were talks in Tokyo hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Meetings in Beijing and Shanghai with Chinese institutes followed. In early August the President represented the NZIIA at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam hosted the Hanoi talks. In addition to the academy, the Vietnamese Institute of Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, the Institute of World Economics and Politics, and the Central Institute of Economic Management in Hanoi all participated. NZIIA Director Brian Lynch and two members of the Standing Committee, Dr David Capie and Terence O'Brien, represented the NZIIA. Dr Richard Grant and Dr Andrew Butcher took part from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The meetings in Tokyo and Beijing involved the Director, Dr Beth Greener-Barcham (Massey University and NZIIA Palmerston North branch) and Dr Jian Yang (Auckland University and chair of NZIIA Auckland branch). Dr Grant again represented the Asia New Zealand Foundation. In Tokyo the JIIA team was led by the institute's deputy director, who was accompanied by three academics and two research fellows. In Beijing the talks were hosted by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs with participation as well from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese Institute The past few months has been an active period for NZIIA in strengthening its links with overseas counterparts. In early June 2008, in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation, a group visited Hanoi for dialogue with a number of Vietnamese institutions. In late July there were talks in Tokyo hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Meetings in Beijing and Shanghai with Chinese institutes followed. In early August the President represented the NZIIA at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

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The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam hosted the Hamoi talks. In addition to the academy, the Vietnamese Institute of Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, the Institute of World Economics and Politics, and the Central Institute of Economic Management in Hanoi all participated. NZIIA Director, Brian Lynch, and two members of the Standing Committee, Dr David Capie and Terence O'Brien, represented the NZIIA. Dr Richard Grant and Dr Andrew Butcher took part from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The meetings in Tokyo and Beijing involved the Director, Dr Beth Greener-Barcham (Massey University and NZIIA Palmerston North branch) and Dr Jian Yang (Auckland University and chair of NZIIA Auckland branch). Dr Grant again represented the Asia New Zealand Foundation. In Tokyo the JIIA team was led by the institute's Deputy Director, who was accompanied by three academics and two research fellows. In Beijing the talks were hosted by the Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs with participation as well from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese Institute of International Studies and the Chinese Institute of Contemporary International Relations. …