New Zealand’s Pacific reset has been praised by a top United States diplomat, who has warned Pacific countries against becoming “saddled with debt” as China boosts its spending in the region.
Here is the news that mattered this morning in New Zealand's political economy, including news M.Bovis has spread into the heart of the country's biggest dairy region,
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled her government will ramp up its engagement with China. Yet a conference designed to tout the benefits of doing business with Beijing also highlighted the obstacles, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged to increase the tempo of engagement between New Zealand and China, outlining a suite of ministerial visits in the coming months.
The news that mattered this morning
The government says political considerations about New Zealand's relationship with China aren't the reason why it chose not to tax Chinese steel imports, as local steel producer New Zealand Steel attempts to have that decision overturned in the High Court.
The things that mattered this morning
China's Belt and Road offers plenty of opportunities for New Zealand to be a connector and enabler of Chinese trade with South America and elsewhere. Jeremy Rees reports.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she is opposed to militarisation in the Pacific when asked about a potential Chinese base in Vanuatu.
In today's email we discussed what has happened overnight, and over the weekend.