Can NZ really be ‘a bridge’ between US and China?

I still don’t know. Jacinda Ardern was asked by RNZ how New Zealand can act as a bridge between China and the US. She doesn’t seem to have really answered.

On The Nation in the weekend: Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker says New Zealand is trying to position itself as the bridge between the United States and China. “We have a bit of a reputation for the honest broker, and it’s times like this that we should draw upon that reputation”.

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31 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  November 20, 2018

    No.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 20, 2018

      Damn straight ! We can be a bridge between the US and China like a minnow can be a bridge between a great white and an orca.

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  2. duperez

     /  November 20, 2018

    The interview this morning reminded me of a couple of eight year old girls playing.
    One’s trying to get the other to say that she is her best friend. “Do you like me or Chyna? Do you like her more or me?
    It’s a secret, I won’t tell anyone.”

    Then later, ” She’s your friend, but I’m her bestest friend! Ha ha.”

    Trouble this morning was one unfortunately didn’t want to play the silly game.
    Sad and unfortunate for some upset news editor who can’t say, “Ardern turns back on China,” “PM rebuffs USA,” “Jacinda Ardern insults America.”

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  3. adamsmith1922

     /  November 20, 2018

    Reading the post I wondered if Ardern had lost contact with reality

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    • duperez

       /  November 20, 2018

      The reality is that some people’s jobs mean they have to create Tweets.

      Some fields are fertile, some fallow as starting points. The starting point.
      https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018671956/significant-consensus-at-apec-jacinda-ardern

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    • robertguyton

       /  November 20, 2018

      adamsmith – you’ve been saying the same thing about everybody, forever. Search for patterns, Adam. Patterns.

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      • adamsmith1922

         /  November 20, 2018

        Robert, why am I not surprised, your comprehension ability is equalled only by your understanding of the concept of truth – lacking

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    • PDB

       /  November 20, 2018

      I think you’re incorrect adamsmith – she had no contact with reality in the first instance.

      Big cuts in immigration, Kiwibuild providing affordable housing, anti-TPPA – positions all changed by the Coalition partners when they became the govt. Essentially they are running the economy as closely as they can to the previous National govt in order to not rock the boat but with increased govt spending & borrowing.

      More flip-flops than Bondi beach.

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  4. robertguyton

     /  November 20, 2018

    “Ms Ardern: “We align ourselves with a set of principles & values. Some of these issues aren’t black & white. We’re unashamed multilateralists, We do ask other countries apply rules of trade…”
    Brilliant response.

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    • PDB

       /  November 20, 2018

      The Labour party trying to hide/bury sexual assault claims is one of their ‘principles’ or ‘values’? What about their ‘Chinese sounding names’ exercise?

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 20, 2018

        Boring, PDB. Really.

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        • PDB

           /  November 20, 2018

          Would be boring to you Robert as the answer to those questions doesn’t suit your agenda.

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 20, 2018

            No, not that, PDB. Just boring !
            There are far more creative and interesting ways to criticise the Government you don’t like. You chose to do it in a boring fashion. Boring as.

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            • PDB

               /  November 20, 2018

              Where do I mention the ‘government’ in my criticism of what Ardern said?

              You wouldn’t be making shit up again would you Robert? That WOULD be boring.

            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2018

              robert if you think the government is the Labour Party you need to have a talk to Winston Peters and Wotsisname with the two mums.

            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2018

              * James Shaw

            • robertguyton

               /  November 20, 2018

              Yes, yes, Gezza. You refer to “two mums” when you’re meaning James Shaw. Did you used to say “the guy with the Jewish mum” when referring to John Key? Just wondering…

            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2018

              No, I mostly remember John Key’s name. But the main point is – do you recognise the difference between “The Labour Party” and “The Government”? Or do you need to talk this over with Messrs Peters and Shaw, and then get back to me?

            • robertguyton

               /  November 20, 2018

              Slip o’ the typing-finger, Gezza. Can’t remember James’ Shaw’s name when you need to use it? Could be the effect of the nurofen. Or you’re doing it for effect (the nurofen suggestion is not a serious one).

            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2018

              I sometimes do get a blank on politicians’ names where they don’t normally register much on my radar. I figure it’s just best to chuck something in about them that’s memorable and fill in the blank when it comes to me. James said he had two mums. Nothing wrong with having two mums.

    • adamsmith1922

       /  November 20, 2018

      Princilples such as foreign investment not welcome. Migrants not wanted until we need trees planted as unemployed too busy. Poor are in povery, but welfare is for the middle class. Some principles and values!! Ban mining and mineral exploration, but import instead> Sensible principle that!!!

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    • duperez

       /  November 20, 2018

      Prime in the principles & values of political parties is to have the best possible light shone on their doings, not have their dirty laundry aired and manage to best advantage any situations.

      That’s the nature of politics, and that’s because of the nature of people, not just those involved but outsiders, observers.

      Hence, for example, the Labour Party youth camp, hence some doings in the Clutha electorate.

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  5. Gezza

     /  November 20, 2018

    All Jacinda needs to do is be diplomatic – i.e. to mouth off platitudes and & broad, even vague statements, that sound eminently virtuous & non-threatening & refrain from being seen to strongly criticise any other country – to be a well-regarded Prime Minister of a tiny but perfect country. And as far as I can see she totally pulled this off.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 20, 2018

    Usually the appropriate response to the PM’s answer is “Huh?” but this time it was “Yeah, right.”

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  7. Fight4NZ

     /  November 20, 2018

    All these comments so filled with inanity and irrelevance. Have none of you ever left the country, seen the world. Most sound like you haven’t left your own suburb.
    Except Gezza. His “minnow” comment the only one on topic and accurate. If any criticism it would be that to call nz a minnow is to exaggerate our importance. The real question is how did such a ludicrous question come about in the first place, let alone be posed so earnestly? The response should have been ‘huh?’.

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