Opinion

Why the PM's US mission matters enormously

Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 24 May 2022

Why the PM's US mission matters enormously
As Jacinda Ardern heads to the United States, the US president is arriving in Japan. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 24 May 2022
The prime minister’s mission to the United States this week is far more important than a trade mission, and her most important foreign engagement this year.Last month’s trips to Singapore and Japan were throat-clearers by comparison, and an intended mission to European capitals may help push along trade opportunities. But securing both trade and strategic relationships with the US is vital.The US mission is happening under the shadow of the war in Ukraine and the prolonged covid lockdowns in China, both sources of global destabilisa...

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