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New deals tipped during visit to NZ by China's president

Prime Minister John Key says the Chinese President's two day visit to New Zealand later this week is a strong signal that China sees New Zealand as an important partner.

Prime Minister John Key & Chinese President Xi Jinping. Source: 1 NEWS

President Xi Jinping arrives in Auckland late Wednesday night and then has a busy two days of talks with New Zealand Government and business leaders in Auckland and Wellington.

Mr Key said he expected a number of new agreements to be signed during President Xi's visit but wouldn't give any more specific details ahead of the visit.

President Xi's trip here follows last weekend's G20 summit of the world's top 20 leaders in Brisbane.

China is New Zealand's number one trading partner and, in 2008, New Zealand was the first OECD country to sign a comprehensive free trade deal with China.