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China’s relations with the United States and Australia (as Point of Order readers know) are seriously strained and now we can add Britain to the list of countries that are turning up the heat on the authoritarian government in Beijing. Britain will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in an escalation of a dispute with China over its introduction of a national security law for the former British colony.
But our PM – in a speech to the China Business Summit – emphasised three points:
- Our important relationship with China, New Zealand’s largest trading partner, is in good shape.
- While we have different perspectives on some issues, we continue to manage these well.
- And there continue to be many opportunities for New Zealand to develop with China.
But perhaps a more significant announcement from the Beehive yesterday came from Finance Minister Grant Robertson, who said the remainder of the COVID Response and Recovery Fund “is being set aside to make sure New Zealand is in a strong position to fight whatever COVID-19 throws at the economy”.
It was comforting to hear it hasn’t all been spent yet, contrary to the impression created by the daily flow of spending announcements recorded here. Continue reading “PM counts the blessings of being on good terms with China while her Finance Minister counts billions of Covid Fund handouts”