Saturday, May 30, 2020

Foreign Affairs

Peter suggests China spies on Kiwis

In an extraordinary radio interview yesterday, Foreign Minister Winston Peters suggested some New Zealanders were being spied on by foreign intelligence organisations and implied...

Ardern faces some hard choices

Confirmation on Friday that China’s President, Xi Jinping, could not meet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday fortnight was not unexpected. Though a meeting in...

Caught in the middle

The Prime Minister and her Foreign and Trade Ministers were yesterday putting a brave face on the outcome of the APEC summit in Port...

There is more to Asia than China

The intrigue and speculation about the state of New Zealand’s relationship with China took another turn yesterday with the news that Prime Minister Jacinda...

McCully defends the China relationship

The former Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has come out in defence of his Government’s relationship with China. McCully, who has said virtually nothing in public...

How the CPTPP has become a weapon against Trump

What started out as the Trans Pacific Partnership (the TPP) has ended up as a weapon against Donald Trump. The agreement will finally come into...

Pacific games – China, Japan and New Zealand

New Zealand’s and Japan seem to be being driven closer together by the actions of both China and the United States. That much has become...

Once were not warriors

New Zealand’s defence partners, particularly the Australians, will have breathed a sigh of relief with the news yesterday that our troops are to stay...

What is it with Peters and Russia?

In a week which has already seen Winston Peters and New Zealand First go it alone on refugee policy, Peters surprised western diplomats in...

Fair suck of the sav, Pete

Undeterred by the possibility that Australia's hard-line immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, could topple Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week, Winston Peters has waded into...

Our champion bureaucrats

Move over All Blacks here come the real champions -  the bureaucrats who negotiate our trade deals. That’s what Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary for International...

Foreign Affairs reshuffle

Former National Trade Minister Tim Groser's return from the New Zealand Embassy in Washington raises wider questions about one of the Government’s most prestigious...

NZ supports revival of Nuremberg war crimes prosecution powers

New Zealand is likely to support an international effort to once again make waging an aggressive war a war crime. A crime of aggression, under...

China starts to hit back

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has travelled to Beijing this weekend with a message to reassure the Chinese that New Zealand still wants a good...

Why we are not (quite) playing Aussie rules with China?

Defence Minister Ron Mark is playing down criticism of China contained in Friday’s Defence Policy Statement. He says it is merely frank talk among friends...

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