Policy

NZ-Aussie ministers paper over Five Eyes cracks

Pattrick Smellie
Thu, 22 Apr 2021

How we talk to China needs to change as China changes, said Aussie foreign minister Marise Payne.
Pattrick Smellie
Thu, 22 Apr 2021
The Australian and New Zealand foreign ministers used their first face-to-face meeting since covid-19 border closures last year to paper over controversy about the use of the Anglo-American Five Eyes intelligence network as a tool for publicly criticising China.Visiting NZ just days after the opening of the trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel ‘bubble’, the Australian foreign minister Marise Payne declined to make any direct criticism of her NZ counterpart, Nanaia Mahuta’s, comments on Five Eyes earlier this week.“We are...

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