Tory MP Bob Seely accused Jacinda Ardern of being “a prime minister who virtue signals whilst crudely sucking up to China whilst backing out of the Five Eyes agreement”
Shades of Rt Hon Winston Peters or Hon Ron Mark?
Best thing happened last election was these two chaps who (other than Sate funded trips abroad) have spent their lives in a country which has never been invaded by a foreign power; never had their families terrified, raped, killed: never been left with the war lord regimes which emerge out of chaos and/or uncleared minefields littering the fields and/or agent orange legacy.
A war with China is going to end with one winner – and it won’t be ANZACs on behalf of Uncle Sam; nor could America ever defeat China – or Russia for that matter.
I voted for against my old party – National (as did a massive majority of former Natz) rather that for Jacinda – because they were (and still are) a total shamble.
However, whereas (in my view) Labour got the houses for first owners’ formula – wrong and now appears to be about to commit the cardinal sin of transferring monetary/fiscal policy from the “politically independent “Reserve Bank, to the pork barrel of Cabinet (shades of Muldoon emerging here), I consider Labour’s sensible approach to China deserves massive applause.
Putting New Zealand exports: Primary Industries to China and tourists from China and Students from China, is the saviour of our economy in these COVID troubled times.
Trading with China does not mean NZ supports domestic issues China has – be it Hong Kong or Uighurs, any more than the obsession our media has with America means NZ supports the despicable treatment of Blacks in that Land of the Free.
In my view: Jacinda treads a sensible Foreign Policy pathway.
Kick sand in the face of the Tiger, as has Aussie, had you will get bitten.
They who fight China on behalf of USA which sells these “Poodles” weapons but doesn’t buy their exports lost due to conflict with China, will reap what they sow.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland police spies; currently Honorary consul for an African state; Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in NZ and has international business interests.