Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday the differences between New Zealand and China became more difficult to reconcile as Beijing’s role in the world grew and changed.
Speaking at the China Business Summit in Auckland, Ardern said there was a lot in China and New Zealand. “No, can̵7;t and disagree,” but adding these differences doesn’t necessarily define their relationship.
“It will not escape the attention of anyone here, as China’s role in the world grows and changes, the differences between our systems – and the interests and values that shape them – will be difficult to reconcile.” Ardern said.
“This is a challenge for us and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region as well as in Europe and other regions as well,” she added.
The comments come as New Zealand faces some elemental pressure among Western allies about its reluctance to use the Five Eyes intelligence service and its security allies, including Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States to criticize Beijing.
Secretary of State Nanaia Mahuta said last month that she was uncomfortable expanding the role of Five Eyes.
China, New Zealand’s largest trading partner, has accused the Five Eyes of joining China by issuing statements about Hong Kong and its treatment of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang’s Muslims.
Ardern said New Zealand will continue to talk about these issues individually and through partners. Managing relations with China is not always easy and “There is no guarantee,” Ardern added.
China has become diplomatic with Australia and imposed trade restrictions after Canberra sent international inquiries about the origin of the coronavirus. Beijing denied the measure as retaliation, saying the decline in Australian product imports was the result of a buyer’s own decision.
Ardern said how China treats its trading partners is important.
“We hope that China will have a key interest in operating in the world in ways consistent with its responsibilities as an increasing power, including as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.” Too, ”she added.
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