Saturday, April 11, 2020

Foreign Affairs

How Ron Mark persuaded the Greens to support our defence forces

The Government’s $20 billion Defence Capability Plan unveiled yesterday is the biggest Defence procurement programme ever seen in New Zealand, but it is ultimately...

Part of the way with the USA

National announced yesterday that it would aggressively pursue a free trade agreement with the United States and almost immediately got shot down by one...

Will Hawke cast a shadow over the Australian election

The death of Australia's charismatic former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, 89, raises the question as to whether his death will cast a shadow over...

Ardern in charge of China

The Prime Minister made it clear yesterday; that she runs foreign policy. She had been asked by Fran O’Sullivan,  the chair of the China...

Peters left on the side of the Belt and Road

The Government's support for China's Belt and Road initiative detailed last night in a TV interview with Trade Minister David Parker gives a hint...

The NZ diplomatic offensive against social media

There is much more to the Prime Minister’s trip to meet President Macron than meets the eye. While her office is keen to emphasise that...

Why we are different to Australia- according to China

The Prime Minister’s trip last week to China appears to have achieved one of its key objectives. An editorial in an official Chinese newspaper, in...

China: it's a matter of trust

The Prime Minister left Beijing last night with the relationship with China, if not restored to its previous heights, at least with the potential...

Ardern in China: the big test

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Beijing early this morning (NZ time) for what is the most critical foreign trip she has done in...

Malaysia backs New Zealand

Foreign Minister Winston Peters yesterday got a top-level reception on his one day visit to Kuala Lumpur. He told POLITIK last night that he had...