New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Artern acknowledged human rights differences with China on Monday (May 3), criticizing her government for not being committed to Beijing on the issue. In a speech in Auckland at the Economic Summit with China, Jacinta Artern already shared her country with Beijing “Deep Concerns” Democratic liberties in Hong Kong about erosion and the treatment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang.
However, the center-left leader recalled that New Zealand was independent in foreign policy matters and was therefore free to choose whether to focus on these issues in public or in private talks with Chinese leaders. He also agreed that China and New Zealand would never agree on certain issues. “As China’s role in the world continues to grow, no one here can escape the fact that it will be very difficult to reconcile the differences (…) between our organizations.”, Said. “This is a challenge that we and many other countries in the Indo-Pacific region face, but also in Europe and other regions.”. “We have to acknowledge that there are some things that China and New Zealand do not have, cannot accept, will not accept.”, Said. “It should not change our relationship. That is a fact.”
New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuda recently stressed that Wellington will not allow the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance (Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, USA, Canada) to dictate its policy with its key trading partner. A few months ago, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor urged Australia to show more Respect Towards Beijing after the archipelago signed a strengthened free trade agreement with China.
Tensions between Canberra and Beijing have been steadily growing since 2018, from 5G technology to spy charges, due to controversy over Hong Kong or the increasing lessons of the origin of the corona virus.