In a statement, the embassy called Ardern's statement "wrong" and "regrettable". In a speech to the summit, Ardern said: "China has in recent times also become more assertive and more willing to challenge international rules and more." While the summit was focused on the war in Ukraine, Nato also published a new "Strategic Concept", which listed China as a threat. China has taken to responding to remarks by Ardern it perceives as shifting New Zealand's foreign policy closer to the United States. China has been known to send far more strongly worded statements if it has a serious concern.
Source: Otago Daily Times June 30, 2022 22:07 UTC