Even New Zealand is rattled by China.

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neverfail
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Even New Zealand is rattled by China.

Post by neverfail » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:11 am

http://www.atimes.com/article/new-zeala ... icy-shift/

(quote) New Zealand buys US anti-sub jets, irks China with policy shift

Beijing urges island nation to ‘correct its wrong words and deeds’ after new strategy paper released
. :lol:

Well, of course Beijing would, wouldn't it?

When you can move this remote, somewhat aloof little country of just 5 million to spend big on defence like this then you are doing quite well.

It follows that the PRC must be doing quite well. :lol:

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Re: Even New Zealand is rattled by China.

Post by Sertorio » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:33 am

The question to be asked is: Does buying anti-sub jets prevent the New Zealand government providing essential services to their needed citizens? If it does, it is wrong to buy those useless jets, if not that's the New Zealanders business to decide how they spend their money...

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Re: Even New Zealand is rattled by China.

Post by cassowary » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:35 am

Sertorio wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:33 am
The question to be asked is: Does buying anti-sub jets prevent the New Zealand government providing essential services to their needed citizens? If it does, it is wrong to buy those useless jets, if not that's the New Zealanders business to decide how they spend their money...
I would argue that national security is part of providing for the needs of the people.

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Re: Even New Zealand is rattled by China.

Post by neverfail » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:08 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:33 am
The question to be asked is: Does buying anti-sub jets prevent the New Zealand government providing essential services to their needed citizens? If it does, it is wrong to buy those useless jets, if not that's the New Zealanders business to decide how they spend their money...
I don't believe that any NZ government that knows on which side its bread is buttered would court unpopularity with their voting public by neglecting to provide essential services. New Zealand is also (a bit like Iceland and for the same reason) a very closely knit together community. In places like that government tends to be a lot closer to the people than in the case of demographically larger countries.

Knowing the history of New Zealand's historically recent bout of isolationism, it is good to see it now take a bigger view of the world outside its borders and how this impacts on their country.

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