onsdag 21. april 2021

Don’t tolerate New Zealand bowing to China

On paper, New Zealand is one of America’s four closest allies. In practice, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern isn’t quite the friend one might hope for in a dangerous world in which Russia and China are all too eager to flex their muscles.

Alongside Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States, New Zealand is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance. A bastion of the post-World War II, rule-of-law-based democratic international order, the alliance involves the cooperation and sharing of highly sensitive intelligence material. This is the intelligence inner circle of the good guys.

But New Zealand’s overt appeasement of China poses a critical challenge to the Five Eyes’s survival. Ardern gets very uncomfortable when the U.S. tries to hold China accountable for its misdeeds. These misdeeds include Beijing’s effort to dominate the South China Sea militarily, its rapacious annual theft of hundreds of billions of dollars in intellectual property, and its annihilation of treaty and human rights obligations toward the Uyghur peoples and Hong Kongers.