Chinese experts say the New Zealand (NZ) government is “too subtle” in its approach to realigning relations with Beijing, exposing it to criticism from unnoticed allies, partners and commentators. I will.
Anne-Marie Brady, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Canterbury, said the NZ government was trying to maintain a positive relationship with the communist regime, realigning China’s policies while pursuing independent foreign policy. He states that he tried to pursue it.
“Since 2018, the Government of Ardern has managed a cautious case-by-case readjustment of New Zealand-China relations, passed new legislation and made quiet policy adjustments. In the meantime, the changes were” country-bound. No “or said they are avoiding it. I mentioned that all the changes happened, “she wrote in a May update (pdf) Her 2017 paper, “magic weapon: 習近 China activities of political influence under the flat”.
Mr Brady said the problem with the Ardern government following “such a quiet strategy” to deal with Beijing’s external interference is that it is overlooked and underreported because it is “probably a little too subtle.” Said.
“The Ardern government needs to issue a new government-wide China strategy that reflects the current reality and guides how to balance economic and security risks,” she said.
Brady, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, acknowledged the recent failure of the New Zealand government’s foreign policy. This included a comment from Trade Minister Damian O’Connor, who suggested in January that Australia should “respect” Beijing if it wants to mimic the “mature” relationship between New Zealand and China. Was there.
However, since the release of the Magic Weapon Paper in 2017, New Zealand authorities have countered foreign interference, including banning Huawei from 5G networks, strengthening money laundering laws, and increasing involvement in the South Pacific. She said she has stepped up actions to strengthen national security, and will hold the first parliamentary investigation on foreign interference in 2019.
New Zealand’s national espionage agency, Security and Intelligence Services, also plays a more active and public role in addressing foreign interference issues.
However, Brady warned that Beijing’s surveillance and intimidation of New Zealand’s Chinese community was “difficult to fix.”
“The CCP has adopted a carrot and stick approach to the Chinese diaspora. Economic opportunities and honors for those who cooperate. It harasses families living in China, denies passport or visa rights, and does not. Family detention. “
Brady’s treatise comes out when New Zealand-China relations have faced scrutiny in recent weeks.
In April, Foreign Minister Mahuta delivered a speech to the New Zealand China Council, outlining what the “contemporary relationship” with China was. In her speech, she warned that exporters needed to diversify trade from China, expressing concern over the push of Beijing’s soft power into the South Pacific region.
But what frowned upon from the democratic allies was her comment on the Five Eyes.
“We are uncomfortable with expanding the powers of the Five Eyes,” she told reporters. “We rather want to look for multilateral opportunities to express our interests.”
Five Eyes, consisting of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, was formed as an information sharing network in the 1940s. In recent years, this group has been used to discuss other issues such as economics, defense and foreign relations.
In response, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne spoke about the importance of grouping before the meeting with Mafta. British Parliamentarian Bob Seely said New Zealand is in “hell of ethical turmoil.”