Saturday, December 7, 2019

Foreign Affairs

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...

How the Government is calming things with China

Tensions in the relationship with China appeared to subside yesterday with the news that China’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Luo Shugang,  would travel...

The elephant in the window

It wasn’t so much an elephant in the room as an elephant  glaring in through the window. When Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison,  had a...

After weekend negotiations, peace breaks out between Beijing and Wellington

Top Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade officers spent the weekend working on calming down the public face of the New Zealand China relationship. Led...

And now, Chinese tourists are cancelling

A semi-official Chinese newspaper is claiming that Chinese tourists are now cancelling plans to travel to New Zealand because of the country’s decision to...