Political Roundup: Is Jacinda Ardern rethinking her China strategy? - News Summed Up

Political Roundup: Is Jacinda Ardern rethinking her China strategy?


By Geoffrey Miller Is New Zealand suddenly softening its more pro-Western foreign policy – and its tougher line on China? Ardern followed up on her opening remarks by pointing to New Zealand’s ‘fiercely held independent foreign policy’ that she said should not be judged against ‘political ideology’. Did New Zealand effectively blink last week and return to its old, pre-Ukraine hedging strategy of satisfying the West one week – and China the next? On the Pacific, Ardern has sided with the Western position that essentially seeks to keep China out of the region. There is no Plan B. Geoffrey Miller is the Democracy Project’s international analyst and writes on current New Zealand foreign policy and related geopolitical issues.


Source: Stuff July 04, 2022 04:30 UTC



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