John Key holds to the line of his imperial patrons despite it being against NZ interests.
The headline should read PM holds Washington's line on South China Sea
PM holds NZ's line on South China Sea
Minister John Key has been warned by Chinese state media not to bring
up the South China Sea dispute during his official visit.
Key has arrived in Beijing with two of his senior ministers and a
40-strong business delegation for the five-day visit to China.
newspaper Global Timeshas written that the Chinese government did not
want New Zealand to take aim at it over the South China Sea.
sea - one of the world's major trade routes - is a source of major
claims almost all of it as its own territory, and in recent years has
built artificial islands with airstrips and stepped up its military
has angered many southeast Asian nations which have competing
territorial claims, and the United States has embarked on naval
patrols citing freedom of navigation in what it considers open water.
Key said he took the warning with a grain of salt.
would continue to raise New Zealand's stance on the dispute with
Chinese leaders, he said.
Zealand's position on the South China Sea hasn't changed, it's been
consistent. Which is, we want to see a peaceful resolution to the
disputes that are taking place.
will almost [certainly] get raised in terms of the overall discussion
but I don't think there'll be any new news to the Chinese
Key will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday evening and
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
Zealand tended to be less aggressive than other countries on the
South China Sea matter, the prime minister said, but that didn't mean
it cared any less. It was an important waterway for getting New
Zealand goods into international markets, he said.
Key did not expect the dispute over the waterway to affect his
attempts to upgrade New Zealand's free trade agreement with China.
agreement, which was signed in 2008, still locks some exporters out
of the market due to high safeguards and non-tariff barriers.
Unfortunately I could not open the following link to an article in Global Times, an organ of the Chinese Communist Party
Experts said they believe China’s decision to invite Australia and New Zealand to consecutive visits reflects deeper economic ties between China and the two nations, and is China’s response to growing pressure from the US and its allies in the South China Sea.