The Guardian reports New Zealand’s prime minister is the latest leader to criticize Beijing. However, her words are less bellicose than others.
“There are some things on which China and New Zealand do not, cannot, and will not agree,” she said. “This need not derail our relationship, it is simply a reality.”
Ardern said there were still opportunities for New Zealand and China to work together on international trade, climate change, and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Areas of difference need not define a relationship. But equally, they are part and parcel of New Zealand staying true to who we are as a nation.”