Track II delegation to China: trade and economic issues

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is calling for applications to join a delegation to China in late August to engage with Chinese think tanks on trade and economic issues. Funding for up to three participants is available.

We are looking for academics and commentators whose work touches on the China economy and trade policy, not all of whom will have had the opportunity to ‘deep dive’ into these issues with Chinese thinktanks.

About the trip

The delegation will be in China for one week and will explore the following issues:

  • What are the challenges facing China’s ongoing growth path, and how are these being addressed (for example SOE reform, debt)?
  • How does China view the emerging regional economic architecture? Within that, what is the thinking about transnational economic integration – not just FTAs, but the value chains and production networks that create linkages?
  • How does the Belt and Road Initiative overlay that thinking? And how might New Zealand be articulating its ‘value add’ through that lens?
  • What analysis and policies are framing labour and investment flows in and out of China (primarily into ASEAN)?
  • How is China viewing development of its primary sector, such as drive for self-sufficiency and quality?


There are some limitations to be mindful of:

  • The Chatham House Rule will apply to our engagement with Chinese interlocutors.
  • Comments and insights cannot be publicly attributed to any specific individuals. 
  • No members of the delegation will be travelling on media visas, thus no media reporting can occur during the visit.

However, this is an opportunity for delegation members to deepen their understanding of Chinese perspectives and policies on trade and economic issues, thereby informing their own future work/analysis, and to make connections and contacts that might not otherwise have been made.

 We are working with the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing to deliver the programme, which we expect to cover three centres (including Beijing).

Applicants must:

  • have New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;
  • be based in New Zealand;
  • be able to demonstrate expertise or commentary on China-related trade/economic issues.

How to apply

Applicants will need to provide:

  • a letter indicating your interest in this opportunity, outlining how it will help support your work and any particular areas of interest;
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of support from your company, if required.

To apply, please send your application to Pip McLachlan by 23 June.


The Asia New Zealand Foundation will fund the costs of successful applicants, including a return economy airfare, domestic transport, accommodation, as well as most meals and miscellaneous expenses. Participants will need to cover their own spending money and insurance costs.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the Asia New Zealand Foundation staff in consultation with external experts.