Friday, October 30, 2020

Foreign Affairs

Getting squeezed

The United States Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, left the country yesterday with tensions between China and the US in East Asia rising and...

Embracing differences

The Prime Minister may say (as she did in Melbourne on Thursday)  that she and Winston Peters sing from the same song sheet on...

Hello China. How America is withdrawing from Asia.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters was pushing the case in Washington yesterday for a free trade agreement with the United States and in the process...

Peters makes the Beehive nervous

Foreign Minister Winston Peters will be in Washington next week and is scheduled to make a major speech to a think-tank there on the...

A climate of insecurity

One of the world's top climate change scientists os raising questions about New Zealand’s on billion trees programme to absorb greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Mark...

The crisis to come

Otago University’s prestigious annual Foreign Policy School over the weekend was all about President Trump even though his name was hardly mentioned. Top of the...

Peters to tell the US we want respect

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is off to the United States within the next three weeks to press New Zealand's case for a free trade...

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...

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