MADRID, Sep. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, confused China Thursday with Japan during a press conference at the beginning of his visit to Japan, which will last four days.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for New Zealand and its relationship with China, sorry, with Japan,” he said in his first speech upon arrival. The New Zealand leader has blamed the jet lag for the confusion, which took place a day after the Asia New Zealand Foundation indicated that the relationship between the country and Japan had been overshadowed by China's economic power.
“As China has increased in economic power and growth in other Asian countries offers new potential, the strength of our relationship with Japan may be easy to overlook,” a foundation report said.
After meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ardern said that countries have agreed to strengthen their strategic cooperation. “Japan is one of the most important allies of New Zealand in the world,” he said.
“In a challenging and changing global and regional environment, New Zealand and Japan enjoy a long-term stable relationship that has strengthened in recent years,” he said.