Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, December 21st, 2018 - 287 comments
China has apparently been sprung hacking hundreds of western businesses and Government agencies, including some here in NZ. Should we be worried?
Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 207 comments
Maybe not a smoking gun, Jami-Lee Ross’s tape recording of Simon Bridges sheds plenty of sunlight on the influence that money can buy within the National Party, casual racism endemic within National, the manipulation of ethnic communities and, most importantly, insights into the wielding of “soft power” by China.
Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, January 18th, 2017 - 16 comments
…including some already in the construction phase.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 30th, 2016 - 87 comments
Real Estate agent Ray White has formed a partnership with China’s Lianjia to market NZ houses to about 260 million Chinese buyers. They say it’s the government’s problem – and they’re right.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 pm, April 19th, 2016 - 85 comments
Our Glorious Leader John Key Il is considering a formal extradition treaty with China. No doubt some genuinely bad people will be sent back, but China’s definition of ‘criminal’ is very, very broad. Why are we sucking up to a country lacking both democracy and a legitimate judicial system? Could it be the money? Could it be the pandas?
We used to be better than this. And not so long ago. Where did we go wrong?
Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, January 5th, 2016 - 103 comments
Overnight there has been further turmoil on the Chinese Stock exchange with stocks plummeting 7% before trading was stopped. And things may only get worse when a 6 month ban on trading by major stock owners is lifted.
Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, September 17th, 2015 - 38 comments
The government has overruled the Overseas Investment Office and turned down a bid to buy Lochinver Station. It’s the first time a bid for a significant landholding has been rejected since 2012.
Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, July 5th, 2015 - 46 comments
In the hope of some informed comment…
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, June 24th, 2015 - 81 comments
… then prepare for it to get a lot worse.
Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 19th, 2015 - 100 comments
So great, now we’re trying to spy on China. What could possibly go wrong?
Written By: - Date published: 5:09 pm, August 29th, 2013 - 311 comments
Sometimes the most complicated and complex situation becomes clear when viewed from a simple and obvious perspective.
Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, August 6th, 2013 - 103 comments
The world has become a very strange place when NZ is getting lectured by China. Problem is, they aren’t wrong.
Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, May 26th, 2013 - 24 comments
Too many “Western” countries use lack of action from big emitters (China, India, Brazil) as an excuse for doing nothing. Well that excuse just got a whole lot thinner. And the pressure on India and Brazil just stepped up.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, May 25th, 2013 - 254 comments
Winston Peters is up to his old tricks again, with a racist attack on Chinese immigration. Heaven help us all if Peters holds the balance of power in 2014.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 25th, 2012 - 14 comments
My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: politicians, economies, elections, feminism and climate change.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, June 17th, 2012 - 2 comments
I’m going to try and put up a piece each Sunday of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring). This week is quite an international edition: the situation in Tonga, China & the UK…
Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, March 17th, 2012 - 141 comments
China’s political counsel (note, not a trade official) has threatened New Zealand over the Crafar Farms deal saying that New Zealand trade to China and investment from China is at risk. It seems an extraordinary action over a supposedly private business arrangement. As was Chinese Officials’ meeting with the OIO while the first Crafar farm decision was being made.
Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, March 13th, 2012 - 19 comments
There’s been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Pengxin Shanghai’s attempt to buy the Crafar farms. Justified too. I want to take a step back and look at the strategy that China is executing and the imperatives behind it. Like any successful organisation, China is seeking to perpetuate its power. That requires securing access to resources. And China’s sitting on the low-cost cash to do it.
Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, August 8th, 2011 - 37 comments
National says that you’re a racist for not wanting to sell our assets to foreigners, particularly Chinese state-owned companies. It’s not racism. It’s about our sovereignty. We are never going to be able to choose our way in the world if we sell everything abroad and we do not want to become a vassal of the world’s newest empire.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 8th, 2011 - 34 comments
The United Chinese Press newspaper is potentially facing prosecution under the Electoral Act after it ran adverts on the day of the Botany by-election supporting New Citizens’ Party candidate Paul Young. The paper, the party, and the bidders for the Crafar Farms all appear to have strong links each other and the Chinese government.
Written By: - Date published: 10:32 pm, January 14th, 2011 - 39 comments
Does this Herald article about the New Citizen Party meeting in Beijing make anyone else uneasy? 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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, December 4th, 2010 - 24 comments
I confess that I am used to thinking of China as a polluter, not much concerned with environmental standards or green technology. I am very pleased indeed to find that I am wrong. Green technology is yet another area where China is drawing ahead of America and much of the West.
Written By: - Date published: 9:36 pm, November 10th, 2010 - 3 comments
It’s diplomacy time in the Asia-Pacific region. While Secretary Clinton came to New Zealand and Australia and President Obama to India and Indonesia, Prime Minister Cameron has gone to Beijing with a large delegation hoping to drum up business for Britain. Cameron’s pre-visit publicity was all about how he was going to lecture the Chinese […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, October 25th, 2010 - 4 comments
The release of 400,000 classified documents on the Iraq war today highlights a much broader issue for New Zealand. As the world moves into uncertainty, some commentators call it a ‘new new world order’, New Zealand must establish itself definitively, cementing the values we wish to hold true for the coming century.