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”