Some experts argue that New Zealand could use its friendly relations with Beijing to improve ties between China and the other four other Western members of the Five Eyes alliance. Illustration: Henry Wong
Some experts argue that New Zealand could use its friendly relations with Beijing to improve ties between China and the other four other Western members of the Five Eyes alliance. Illustration: Henry Wong

Could New Zealand serve as an ‘honest broker’ to repair ties between China and the West?

  • Fresh off its upgraded Beijing trade deal, Wellington looks uniquely positioned to help defuse tensions between China and nations such as the US and Australia
  • Experts say New Zealand has the credentials to be a fair intermediary, but others point to ‘cold-war thinking’ getting in the way

Some experts argue that New Zealand could use its friendly relations with Beijing to improve ties between China and the other four other Western members of the Five Eyes alliance. Illustration: Henry Wong
Some experts argue that New Zealand could use its friendly relations with Beijing to improve ties between China and the other four other Western members of the Five Eyes alliance. Illustration: Henry Wong
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