fredag 31. juli 2020

Anne Marie Brady: New Zealand's relationship with China is at a tipping point

This week New Zealand announced it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong as a result of Hong Kong’s new national security law. At the same time, NZ changed its policy on military and dual-use goods and technology exports to Hong Kong, subjecting the city to the same as the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The New Zealand government also issued a travel warning to New Zealanders on the risks of travelling to Hong Kong.

In a statement, Wellington said it “can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China.” No explanation was given for the suspension of sensitive technology exports. With these three actions, NZ has clearly reached a tipping point in facing up to the risks and challenges of dealing with China in the Xi era. But will the government make more fundamental changes to protect New Zealand’s interests?