China has gained a massive expansion into the pacific with their ‘dumpling diplomacy’ in Niue.
The belt-and-road initiative is a means of ensuring off shore economic interests connected to China’s supply lines are cemented into place economically and politically.
Every where belt-and-road infrastructure projects are announced, Beidou ground stations/ports/airfields soon follow.
This is an expansion of Chinese Military installations deep into the Pacific and with the Cook Islands lined up as next in the Pacific Domino strategy, China’s relentless pursuit to defend their supply lines has jumped up a notch.
Culturally the woke left ban any debate about Chinese influence in NZ because it’s racist and xenophobic, and even when Chinese business interests are caught red handed trying to buy two MPs inside the National Party, the MeToo political media decided to focus instead on anonymous allegations of harassment of women by Jami-Lee Ross rather than a direct attempt by Chinese interests to buy political influence.
China would be smart to exploit the ease by which we are distracted.