New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference in Wellington on October 22. Under her leadership, the country has maintained friendly relations with Beijing and avoided joining anti-China initiatives. Photo: AP
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference in Wellington on October 22. Under her leadership, the country has maintained friendly relations with Beijing and avoided joining anti-China initiatives. Photo: AP
Nicholas Ross Smith
Opinion

Opinion

Nicholas Ross Smith

Could New Zealand champion a new non-aligned movement to avoid US-China cold war?

  • US-China tensions are leading several countries in the Indo-Pacific to seek a third alternative to getting caught up in a great power struggle
  • Malaysia and Indonesia are obvious candidates to lead such a movement, but New Zealand could be a dark horse given its independent foreign policy

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference in Wellington on October 22. Under her leadership, the country has maintained friendly relations with Beijing and avoided joining anti-China initiatives. Photo: AP
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference in Wellington on October 22. Under her leadership, the country has maintained friendly relations with Beijing and avoided joining anti-China initiatives. Photo: AP
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