New Zealand’s military re-alignment with the United States opens us to expectations that we would support the United States should major disputes or armed conflict build up between it and China (our biggest trading partner).
Auckland University senior politics lecturer Jian Yang said, “China trusts New Zealand's perspective, which is believed to be unbiased and independent" and "now the Government has gained China's confidence, New Zealand must continue to encourage China to address emissions issues.’”
John Gallagher who nominated this award says, “I am very pleased to see New Zealand expertise being developed that can recognize and assess how New Zealand business is doing in the world economy, especially the Chinese one.”
"To the extent that there is great cultural-cum-demographic diversity in Asia and New Zealanders are not Asians, we can be equidistant from the regional fault-lines and can help in the safer management of these fault-lines." (Ramesh Thakur - Time to Befriend the Asian Tigers). How might New Zealand start to get into this kind of work?