South Asia and Beyond

China “Storm” Is Coming Says New Zealand’s Foreign Minister

New Zealand’s trade relations with China are fast deteriorating and the country’s foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta has warned businessmen to quickly diversify as they may soon bear the brunt of anger from Beijing. China accounts for more than $33 billion of New Zealand’s total trade, and nearly 30% of exports. New Zealand is under pressure by Five-Eyes nations and internally to take a tougher stance on China. Earlier this month, the parliament passed a motion on “severe human rights abuses” in Xinjiang but stopped short of mentioning the word “genocide.”

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