Robert Patman

China has put its relationship with New Zealand on ice, after Wellington banned Huawei. While New Zealanders would not want their government to blindly follow the US’ China policy, they also would not accept a subservient relationship with China.

Amid the growing clamour in Washington that the Obama administration project strength in the Ukraine crisis, several key points are being obscured.

It is a truism that an appropriate policy response to a crisis situation requires a clear and accurate understanding of the circumstances that caused it.


Almost from the moment the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the menacing shadow of the nuclear age has inspired visions of a world free of nuclear weapons.

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