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Ardern backs off White House China statement

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chinese Ambassador Wang Xiaolong appeared to have restored some sense of order to our relationship with China yesterday when...

Ardern avoids Aussie questions

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s major foreign policy speech yesterday ended up leaving some key questions unanswered. Perhaps that was more obvious because she made the...

Grandad’s army; why our air force planes can’t fly

With the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers due to meet on Friday with regional security issues at the top of their agenda, New...

Ardern silent on new US Pacific deal

Almost exactly 36 years after the United States effectively kicked New Zealand out of ANZUS, New Zealand has signed up to a new alliance...

China hits back

The Chinese Embassy in Wellington last night, in an unusual move, issued a formal press statement directly criticising comments from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

Mates once more

The China dragon appears to have not even been in the room when Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong met her New Zealand counterpart yesterday. That,...

Reality check; why China matters

Nothing has changed in over 100 years. The economy still depends on farming. And farming depends now not on Britain but on China. The annual...

Helen Clark warns Ardern not to blindly follow others on foreign policy

In what looked like a warning China’s Ambassador to New Zealand has said China’s relations with New Zealand were not established as a “matter...

China’s wakeup call to Mahuta

New Zealand is preparing to step up its diplomatic engagement with Pacific countries in response to China’s proposal for a regional security pact. But...

Looking to the west

"There is a feeling I get when I look to the west" - Led Zepplin, 'Stairway to Heaven" In the hours before she flew out...

What the Aussie election might mean

There will be little fundamental change in the trans-Tasman relationship as a consequence of Saturday’s Australian election. The new Australian Labor Government is unlikely to...

O’Connor faces Russian challenge at meeting

Trade Minister Damien O’Connor is flying this weekend to an APEC trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok which will be the first major international meeting...

Depending on China

A new study has found that despite Covid, New Zealand’s economic dependence on China has grown over the past four years. China is now nearly...

Why we are going to war

New Zealand has joined the war against Russia. The decision yesterday to send a C130 Hercules to Europe to provide logistics support for Ukraine may...

Undiplomatic relations; the Minister and the Ministry

Suggestions of a breakdown in relations between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry surfaced yesterday in a submission to a Select Committee...