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Is China expecting an apology from New Zealand?

The New Zealand Herald reports:

Improving access to China for exports of New Zealand wood and paper products are among key areas of focus for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in her talks in Beijing next Monday… Ardern said progressing the upgrade of the 11-year-old free trade agreement with China was among priorities…

…Also on the agenda is likely to be New Zealand's decision to join other nations late last year in accusing Chinese government agencies of coordinated cyber attacks and the decision by the Government Communications Security Bureau's decision not to allow equipment from Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei to be included in the country's 5G, next generation internet infrastructure.

Asked whether she would raise the cyber attacks, Ardern said she hadn't "finalized everything I intend to raise”…

…With the eyes of the Muslim world on Ardern's response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, she said she would reassert New Zealand's consistently expressed concern about the treatment of China's Uighur Muslim minority, which is the subject of a massive security surveillance and “re-education” programme as Beijing seeks to shut down the potential for domestic Islamic terrorism.


Nationalist rag Global Times, which is not the official voice of the Chinese government but often represents the Party’s id, is expecting an apology tour:

New Zealand PM to begin ties-mending visit to China

Key points to be observed include New Zealand's attitude on Chinese firms' participation on its 5G network construction, and whether there is new commitment on the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the run-up to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing in April…

But the issue is: will the Ardern administration stop actions that damage China-New Zealand ties.


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