United States Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel, just a few weeks before Snowden made his public claims about the US hacking Chinese servers, stressed how: "Cyber threats are real, they're terribly dangerous ….They're probably as insidious and real a threat (as there is) to the United States, as well as China, by the way, and every nation."
Typically in Asian cultures it is in the context of trusted relationships that business-doors are opened. Most in Aotearoa/New Zealand have not had much experience in building up relationships with Asians.
New Zealand’s traditional paradigm of military alignments and war-fighting with its roots in its colonial Anglo Saxon past does not provide the map Prime Minister John Key needs to address the Korean crisis constructively. His predecessor Helen Clarke’s nuclear-free diplomacy did. John Key's Foreign Minister McCully seems to understand what is needed.
What if Australia’s Asia-connected schools were nestled in local communities and cities that were also well connected? Well connected, that is, both internally via social media, and internationally as hubs between Asian, US, and developing nation cities?
This blog has sought to demonstrate how diversities in a country like New Zealand can connect creatively from the grass roots to much more effectively address economic, ecological and other issues facing villages, nations and the wider world.
Countries previously considered prosperous find themselves mired in debt they cannot repay. The Antipodean Village Blogger argues that understanding some of the basic causes of this problem should help with the identification of realistic proposals to deal with it. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Australian strategy for the Asian Century is seen as an instructive example of such proposals.
John Key showed exceptional skill and expertise in managing international data flows to make his substantial fortune. Can he now help New Zealand do well, and position it to help others to do well, from the management of such flows?
“I see the core challenge as being similar in both the Middle East and in the West. That is, to clarify and implement more genuinely democratic forms of participation from local levels upwards and to create relations based on mutual respect.”