: Australian PM Scott Morrison with his NZ counterpart, Jacinda Ardern in Auckland on Friday.

The elephant in the window

It wasn’t so much an elephant in the room as an elephant  glaring in through the window. When Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison,  had a series of meetings at Auckland’s Sky City Grand Hotel on…
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And now, Chinese tourists are cancelling

A semi-official Chinese newspaper is claiming that Chinese tourists are now cancelling plans to travel to New Zealand because of the country’s decision to ban Huawei from participating in Spark’s 5G netw…
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: Wu Xi, China's Ambassador to New Zealand

Ardern takes the lead on China

The Prime Minister appeared yesterday to deliver a subtle message to Foreign Minister Winston Peters telling him, she, not him, ran foreign policy. This contrasts with her admission last year that she had n…
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: Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, with NZ Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, in Auckland on Saturday.

Why was the AirNZ plane turned back?

Was the decision by China to turn back the Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai the first visible evidence of China’s anger at New Zealand’s ban on Huawei? That was the question that the foreign affairs c…
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