The New Zealand government’s relationship with China has come under the spotlight after a former CIA analyst in the US said the nation’s participation in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance needs to be reconsidered. Giving testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission , Peter Mattis said Jacinda Ardern’s Labour party had accepted money from donors with links to the Chinese communist party, while former prime minister Bill English had routinely briefed a National MP who was revealed to have worked at an institution that trained Chinese spies. “Australia and New Zealand both face substantial problems with interference by the Chinese Communist Party,” Mattis told the hearing. “In both cases, the CCP [Chinese communist party] has gotten very close to or inside the political core, if you will, of both countries. The primary difference between the two has simply been their reaction.” “In New Zealand, both the last prime … [Read more...] about New Zealand’s Five Eyes membership called into question over ‘China links’
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I was intrigued to read in a number of papers yesterday, including The Independent, that the EU’s new trade negotiations with Australia and the EU are apparently a setback for the UK. Far from it, we welcomed them. Australia and New Zealand are important trading partners for Britain, with trade worth £16bn a year. Its no coincidence that two of the earliest announcements the new Department for International Trade made in 2016 were to establish new Trade Dialogues with both countries. So trade discussions with both countries are already well underway; our Trade Dialogues with Australia and New Zealand met as recently as last month when UK officials travelled to Wellington and Canberra. It is correct to say that we cannot formally negotiate any future trade agreements until we have left the EU, but as we have agreed with the EU itself; we can begin formal negotiations once we leave next year. Read more Brexiteers' favoured customs model 'could cost businesses £20bn' … [Read more...] about You might have heard that people like me in the government don’t support the EU’s trade talks with Australia and New Zealand – it’s not true
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OPINION: In an unprecedented move, British Prime Minister Theresa May has turned what would normally be viewed as a bilateral disagreement between two countries into a major international campaign. The initial expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from Britain, to express annoyance over the alleged Russian involvement in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter using weapons prohibited in international law, was a surprisingly light reaction. However, it is now clear this was the first step in a much wider campaign to express their dissatisfaction with Russia. Police investigating after Russian spy allegedly poisoned in New Zealand 'Highly likely' Russia is behind ex-spy poisoning - Theresa May Their second step, which occurred last night, was the linking together of 22 like-minded countries, which have now also expelled Russian diplomats. This group covers most of countries with which New Zealand has strong defence and political relationshgo tiips, including … [Read more...] about Opinion: New Zealand’s lack of action in the wake of global Russian diplomat expulsions is a dangerous move