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Subservience to China Would Gain New Zealand Nothing

Subservience to China Would Gain New Zealand Nothing

Auckland, New Zealand, an aerial view. (Izanbar/Dreamstime)

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Friday, 01 June 2018 12:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When China's premier, Li Keqiang, visited New Zealand in March 2017, he announced that relations between the two nations had grown so close that it was beginning to resemble the China-Albania ties of the 1960s.

Premier Li presumably thought he was engaging in the kind of diplomatic flattery that would please his hosts. What small nation, after all, would not want to be closely associated with mighty China, whose very name means the "Kingdom at the Center of the Earth"?

But it was a comparison that took many independence-minded Kiwis aback. As well it should. National narcissists like Li may believe that China is the greatest phenomenon in human history, but its supposed "allies" have always numbered among the most corrupt, impoverished countries on earth.

Why would New Zealand want to join a list that includes North Korea, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe?

These nations have moved in diplomatic lockstep with China for decades, yet in their ranks we find not a single success story. Not a single one of China's close allies has seen a fraction of the economic growth that China itself has seen, and for good reason.

In fact, the best way to destroy your country’s economy is to forge a close relationship with China, which will flood your stores with cheap goods, bleed you dry of resources at below-market prices and, like some reverse King Midas, corrupt everyone and everything they touch with bribes.

China dangles low-interest rate loans before the countries that it would draw into its orbit. Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Hun Sen in Cambodia are among those who took the bait, and their countries today are just as addicted to cheap Chinese money as an addict on opioids.

Perhaps less surprising, not a single one of the countries with close ties to China has come to respect human rights, the rule of law, and the other blessings of liberty that New Zealanders take for granted.

Instead, they move in the opposite direction, with their political system spiraling down into despotism, and their leaders — like China’s own — becoming more and more dictatorial over time.

And if China gets tired of dealing with a particular dictator, as it apparently did with Mugabe, then they install another strongman in his place.

This week, China expert Anne-Marie Brady has warned that New Zealand is like a canary in the coal mine for other small countries, which want to engage with the superpower without being overwhelmed.

Professor Brady, who teaches at the University of Canterbury, sees China’s aggressive moves in New Zealand, including efforts to corrupt the political system and buy political influence, as being of "global significance."

As she says, "If a proudly independent democratic country like New Zealand cannot find a way to protect its sovereign interests while maintaining a productive and respectful relationship with a great power like China, then we have entered a new and dangerous era in global politics."

Steven W. Mosher is one of America's leading experts on China. In 1979 he became the first American social scientist allowed to do research in the PRC, where he documented the massive human rights abuses of the Mao years, and personally witnessed the forcible abortion and sterilization of women under the newly announced "one-child policy." In the years since, he has written or edited a dozen books on China, including best sellers "A Mother's Ordeal" and "China Attacks" (with Chuck Devore). He helped to set up Radio Free China, and has testified before Congress on U.S.-China policy on numerous occasions. His latest book is called the "Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order." In a world bristling with dangers, only one enemy poses a truly mortal challenge to the United States and the peaceful and prosperous world that America guarantees. That enemy is China. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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This week, China expert Anne-Marie Brady has warned that New Zealand is like a canary in the coal mine for other small countries, which want to engage with the superpower without being overwhelmed.
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