Lots of overseas criticism of our newly defined relationship with China today that requires scrutiny.
Personally I am impressed with our nuanced position.
We have criticised China repeatedly over their appalling human rights abuse issues against the Uyghurs, their questionable influence in the Pacific and their brutal crackdown in Hong Kong while acknowledging our reliance on them for Trade thanks to John Key’s ‘all our cows in one Beijing paddock’ strategy.
We have signalled that we will continue to criticise China’s human rights abuses while also stating that we will start to de-couple our trade dependence on them.
The sticking point that has enraged overseas is our clear statement that we won’t use the 5 Eyes as the vehicle to do that criticism.
And here’s why.
There is concern within NZ that America and Australia are foolish enough to start some type of military adventure against China and the last thing we want to do is help provoke that.
If conflict comes, it comes, but we have no interest in helping the American Military Industrial Complex start a war in our neighbourhood.
Explaining the decision, the country’s Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, says her country is “uncomfortable” with expanding the alliance’s role, and that New Zealand should instead pursue its own bilateral relationship with Beijing. At the heart of it is a desire to forge closer trade ties with China, which presently accounts for 29 per cent of New Zealand exports.
…yes we don’t want to be stooges for American Imperialism and we have stated clearly we intend to decouple our economy because it gives China too much power.
If America, Britain or Canada would like to give us a free trade deal, we could end reliance on China in a heartbeat!
Wellington’s willingness to ally itself more closely with Beijing has also resulted in accusations that New Zealand is not fulfilling its obligations to protect smaller nations in the Pacific, which have been the target of Beijing’s expansionist designs in the region.
That’s not true, we specifically highlighted that as a problem with China.
However, by pursuing such a patently pro-Beijing outlook, Ardern not only risks undermining Western attempts to present a united front against China. New Zealand’s reluctance to co-operate with other Five Eyes members raises serious questions about its continued membership of the alliance.
YAY! You promise? We could get out of this Mafia imposed ‘Intelligence’ network? Really? The mass surveillance scam that allows the NSA to take every bit of NZ communications?
We will get kicked out of the Deep State?
That would be fantastic!
Sadly we are far too valuable in our position to spy on Chinese satellites and ability to launch rockets for us to ever get kicked out.
We have chosen our words carefully. We criticise China while acknowledging their power over our economy and have stated it is our intention to decouple economically. We have also stated that we won’t use 5 Eyes to do that criticism because we are weary of American military adventures.
This is what an Independent Foreign Policy looks like.
We will not be beholden to Beijing OR Washington!
So say all of us.
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