NZ’s Defence Minister Ron Mark is visiting China for talks with Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and the vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission, Air Chief Marshal Xu Qiliang.
Before he left on his four-day mission he described China as a “key strategic partner”, saying he aimed to improve the relationship “and help build our understanding of the country”. He said he would discuss the security implications of climate change, and also discuss peacekeeping and disaster relief efforts.
But even though he is renowned for being politically feisty on his home patch, it is unlikely he would raise with his Chinese counterparts such issues as the round of protests in Hong Kong or the fate of the Uighurs. Continue reading “When Ron Mark is speaking in China, the best form of Defence (it seems) is to refrain from attack”