China will be on the agenda in talks between Winston Peters and Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is in Australia  for  the regular six-monthly consultations with his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop – and to deliver a speech to the National Press Club.

Some  see  this as  a  critical  moment   in the  Trans-Tasman  relationship  in the light of the recent spat  over  Australia’s  action in  deporting  increasing  numbers  of  Kiwis. More important, there is growing concern in  both  Canberra  and  Wellington   about the  role  China is  playing in the Pacific.

If anyone   from  the  NZ coalition  government  can get some  traction in  Canberra,  it is  probably  Winston Peters.  He  may, however,  find the current climate there  very edgy after PM Malcolm Turnbull survived a leadership ballot by a close 48 votes to 35.   Continue reading “China will be on the agenda in talks between Winston Peters and Julie Bishop”