The cold war in the Pacific between America & China has suddenly got a whole lot warmer with escalating trade tensions, sea lane passage threats, 5 Eye member nations banning Chinese telecommunication expansions and our own Academics getting threatened for speaking out against China…
A series of unusual burglaries, reports of spies looking for listening devices and claims of car tampering have prompted alarmed experts around the world to call on New Zealand’s government to protect a vocal China critic.
University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady says she has been victim of attempts to silence her since the publication of her major report criticising China’s alleged influence in New Zealand last year.
In February, she told an Australian parliamentary committee her office and home had been burgled, noting laptops had been taken but other valuables left untouched.
New Zealand police in September confirmed there was an ongoing, unusually long and well-resourced probe into the break-ins, with Interpol called in, and the NZ Herald reported spies had been called to search Prof Brady’s office.
…so adding to this already tinder dry geopolitical environment is news that Canada have arrested the CFO of Huwai…
Canadian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies at the request of the United States.
Meng Wanzhou is also deputy chairman of Huawei’s board and the daughter of the company’s founder, People’s Liberation Army officer turned entrepreneur Ren Zhengfei.
Canadian Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. He said Meng is sought for extradition by the US.
McLeod said a publication ban had been imposed in the case and he could not provide any further details. The ban was sought by Meng, who has a bail hearing Friday, he said.
…this is an extraordinary ratcheting up of tensions by America and it follows NZ declining Huawai their 5G contract with Spark.
But while we are here, shouldn’t we go back again to that whole JLR recording where a wealthy Chinese Businessman was caught openly trying to buy two National Party MPs for the Party list?
There needs to be an acknowledgment that National are little more than a political front for Chinese business interests with many high ranking National Party MPs having private financial relationships with wealthy Chinese businessmen.
At some stage NZ is going to be forced to pick sides between America and China and the side we should pick is our own.
We don’t want to answer to Beijing OR Washington.
Economically we have all our cows in one Chinese paddock and politically we are owned by America’s 5 Eyes. The most volatile elements of both sides of this America/China cold war could tear deepest here in NZ.