Winston Peters says China didn't want NZ to go into lockdown

Speaking to Stuff's Coronavirus NZ podcast, Foreign Minister Winston Peters revealed China tried to dissuade New Zealand from going into lockdown.

“Without speaking out of turn, they wanted a discussion as to why we were doing it, because they thought it was an overreaction,” Mr Peters told Stuff’s Coronavirus NZ podcast.

He also talked about his time in lockdown in Northland, juggling video calls with foreign governments through the night, as well as enjoying seafood and field mushrooms.

Mr Peters’ first call as Foreign Minister on the Covid-19 crisis was with his Chinese counterpart.

“They didn't want us to go into lockdown … and I suppose they wanted a discussion about that."

“We had a long discussion, but in the end said: look, you'll understand we've heard what you've got to say; that we've got to protect our own people, and as fast as we can; and it ended up with, ‘Well, I hope I see you one day,’ sort of thing," he added.

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