Defence Minister Ron Mark is back in New Zealand after his four-day visit to China, clearly excited to be carrying in his bag a “Memorandum of Arrangement” concerning Defence Co-operation with China.
He signed the memorandum with China’s Minister of National Defence, General Wei Fenghe in Beijing.
Mark says he signed the arrangement after they reviewed the state of the defence relationship.
It may be news to many New Zealanders that there is such a relationship. And given President Xi Jinping has done more than any of his predecessors to make China’s armed forces world-class, enabling China to deploy precision missiles and anti-satellite weapons that challenge American supremacy in the western Pacific, it could make defence ministers in the rest of the region nervous. Continue reading “NZ’s Defence relationship with China has been reset to “cosy” – but it mightn’t fit cosily with the Pacific Reset”