Business community and pundits are screaming there is no connection whatsoever between China turning back an Air NZ flight and the wider geopolitical tensions – yet breaking news now is China is strangling off diplomatic ties…
Diplomatic links with China appear to have plummeted to a new low as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is given the cold shoulder by Beijing and a major tourism promotion is postponed by the superpower.
Ardern was scheduled to visit China early this year but the invitation has been put on hold.
The 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism was meant to be launched with great fanfare at Wellington’s Te Papa museum next week, but that has been postponed by China.
…it’s like the business community and punditry, (many of whom have personal vested Chinese Business interests) are too busy screaming everything is fine to have noticed China have started a fight.
The issue was always been what would happen once the GCSB banned Huawei from setting up 5G infrastructure, in this ratcheting up of geopolitical tensions, what happened to Air NZ and the sudden freezing of diplomatic relations is the sort of fight you have before you start a real fight.
It is in China’s strategic interests to damage the weakest member of 5 Eyes as a warning to the other 4.
Watch what happens when NZ starts pushing back against Chinese water interests.
Acknowledging that there are geopolitical tensions rupturing between China & NZ isn’t being disloyal to Jacinda, it’s the inevitability of forces well beyond our shores. How we fend off Beijing’s commercial interests & Washington’s 5 Eyes is the diplomatic issue of our time.