Dusk Chorus: PM pushes back at China
PM says MFAT calling in China's ambassador for explanation on Solomons naval base deal; says Chinese militarisation of Solomons not needed and 'gravely concerning'; Wayne Brown for Auckland Mayor?
TLDR & TLDL: Aotearoa-NZ’s concerns about China’s increasingly militarised and aggressive expansion into the Pacific burst out into the open today in barely concealed criticisms by PM Jacinda Ardern of a reported deal allowing China to station warships in the Solomon Islands, potentially blocking key shipping routes to Australia and New Zealand.
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