Another article, published today, is doing the rounds about the prospect of NZ being booted out of the ‘5 Eyes’ ‘security’ club, due to the alleged perforation of the heart of our politics by the People’s Republic of China.
I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again.
The problem the Americans have identified was *worse* under National. Yet for nine years the US did NOT seek to proffer this ‘threat’ at us.
The reason for this is quite simple.
They don’t actually care nearly as much as they are pretending about the issue of Chinese ‘infiltration’. They DO care, at least somewhat, if i) your governing party is “red” in its electoral material [regardless of its actual substance in practice], ii) it’s not all that keen on supporting their general penchant for overseas military adventurism.
So therefore, National got a ‘free pass’ despite a Chinese intelligence agent in its Parliamentary Caucus, because it made the ‘right noises’ about wanting to have helped invade Iraq, etc. etc. and not rocking the boat with neoliberalism.
Meanwhile, the Labour/NZF/Greens Government can move to block Huawei from getting the contract for our 5G cellphone network upgrade, start rolling out a policy of attempting to *actively encourage* the US to engage in the Pacific to head off the PRC, and can even preside over the problem of PRC influence/infiltration actually being talked about even at a Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry …
… and because it is ‘convenient’ to do so, because it lines up with other priorities, this smokescreen approach of “The Chinese are Puppeteering the Parliamentary Labour Party” gets rolled out.
Whether because the Americans are generally keen on ‘disciplining’ NZ for not being totally 100% in-line on various geopolitical fronts (and the prospect of trading with Russia may also be in mind here); or whether it is in a bid to surreptitiously ‘influence’ our domestic politics via the fostering of “Red Scare” style perceptions about the current incumbent Government so as to forment its subsequent replacement via more ‘pliable’ (by both Chinese *and* American foreign pressures, apparently) National-led administration.