Some wise advice for NZ via the normally pro-China MSM! MH
(…and please don’t misunderstand me: In ways we’re picking the lesser of two evils to side with the Five Eyes community, but don’t know about you, dear reader, but I’d trade with Aussie over China any day!)
Australia should ‘urgently reset’ relationship with New Zealand to ease China’s leverage – Aussie academic
An Australian academic says his country desperately needs to empower New Zealand to break free from China’s economic grip amid a Five Eyes diplomatic disagreement.
Dr William A Stoltz, an Australian national security professional, is calling for an “urgent reset” of the relationship between the ANZAC nations.
Last week, Aotearoa’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta made headlines for stating New Zealand was “uncomfortable” with invoking the Five Eyes alliance to speak up on issues beyond intelligence matters.
That came following criticism of Mahuta for not being party to Five Eyes statements on Beijing’s interference in Hong Kong.
Mahuta’s comments indicate New Zealand is taking a more cautious approach to its relationship with China, a key trade partner; but they reportedly “blindsided” Australian officials.
Dr Stoltz says Mahuta made a “striking assertion”, but believes Aotearoa’s economic dependence on China has generated a “blindness” to the country’s wrongdoing.
“The sheer scale of New Zealand’s economic dependence on China has also generated a wilful blindness to China’s increasingly bellicose behaviour,” he writes in an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald….READ MORE
Martin comments: Trouble is, I doubt the current Ardern-led NZ government actually wants to be freed from China’s grip, being so far to the Left it’s teetering on actual Communism and drunk on last term’s COVID success. Too much cuddling between the Taniwha and the Dragon: perhaps some Social Distancing is in order.