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Clark and Key advise Ardern on China

Two former Prime Ministers yesterday took a direct aim at the current leadership in the Government and Opposition and reinforced what an independent foreign...

Mahuta has to defend her Five Eyes comments

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrived in Wellington on Wednesday night, followed by curses and threats from Beijing after she ended Victoria’s  Belt and...

Mahuta redefines New Zealand’s foreign policy

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s speech to the New Zealand China Council yesterday was arguably one of the most important made by a foreign minister...

Samoan PM faces tough challenge today

by Nanai Anae Dr Iati Iati Nanai Anae Dr. Iati Iati is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Programme, and Pacific...

Dealing with the tiger. What to do about the Uighurs.

Speaking last Thursday in Paihia to an audience of diplomats, Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta ticked off New Zealand’s foreign relationships. In order, she covered: Australia,...

The China trade agreement; you can’t always get what you want to get

New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor yesterday finally got to sign the upgrade to the New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement negotiated in...

How our trade negotiators will navigate the post Trump, post covid, new green world.

It sounds simple. Trump goes; vaccines neutralise Covid, and by the end of next year, foreign trade is back to what we used to...

China and NZ are in but the US is out of world’s second largest...

New Zealand and 15 East Asian countries yesterday signed up to what is being called the most important trade agreement since the creation of...

“It’s going to be a hard call”

There was a warning last night in Wellington that our relationship with China could get more difficult under President Biden. A panel of China and...

After Trump what?

Donald Trump has been defeated but what will matter to New Zealand about his election result is how much Trumpism has been defeated. That will...

Job going — foreign minister

Jacinda Ardern will need a new foreign minister now that Winston Peters is out of Parliament. Speculation has been rife in the capital ad to...

Simon Bridges: diplomat

The very phrase, “Simon Bridges, diplomat”, would seem one of the more unlikely to appear this election year. Bridges lost National’s leadership in May, in...

The South China Sea — why doesn’t China abide by the UN Law of...

The Chinese Ambassador in Wellington, Wu Xi, invited questions from POLITIK on the current situation in the South China Sea. This is a transcript...

Hong Kong decision puts beef exports at risk

The Government decision to end the extradition treaty with Hong Kong places at risk the possibility of New Zealand increasing its beef sales to...

China whispers a warning to NZ

Both the Prime Minister and the Chinese Ambassador appeared yesterday to very subtly put some distance into the relationship between New Zealand and China. Comments...