Is it just me or does this Herald headline about the New Citizen Party make anyone else uneasy? Party meets in Beijing to discuss Botany. I’ve no problem with a new political party that’s targeted at migrants. My concern is the apparent links with the Chinese Government. We don’t want a foreign government putting up a proxy in our elections.
It’s pretty bizarre that a party’s leadership would be meeting in a foreign capital. It only confirms, to my mind, that the real power behind this new party is the Chinese Government.
At the meeting in Beijing, party leaders met with “Jack Chen, who claims to be the force behind Natural Dairy NZ’s bid for the farms”. As you know, if you read The Standard regularly (no-one else bothers to mention it), Natural Dairy NZ used to be called China Jin Hui Mining Corporation and is owned by the Chinese Government.
The list of potential New Citizen candidates makes interesting reading:
“former Labour Party list candidate Stephen Ching, United Chinese Press chief editor Jerry Wen Yang and Auckland businessman Paul Young.”
I’ve speculated before about the United and its links to the Chinese government. Ching was ejected from the Labour List in 2005 after allegations of impropriety – he offered to get two senior Labour MPs to back Paul Liu’s application to be a JP in return for Liu lending him $50,000.
So, we have a dubious company, that is really owned by the Chinese Government, trying and failing to buy our most important natural resource, our farmland. And we have representatives from that company meeting with equally dubious leaders of a new political party that also has a strong whiff of Chinese Government backing.
Around the world, China is moving to secure the resources and influence it will need to be the dominant power of the coming century. The New Citizen Party and Natural Dairy NZ are part of that strategy. New Zealand’s response must to be to ensure our sovereignty by not selling our natural resources and by keeping a close eye on the Chinese Government’s proxies.