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New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Warns Exporters to Diversify Trade Away From China

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New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Warns Exporters to Diversify Trade Away From China

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New Zealand’s foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta has warned the country’s exporters to diversify trade away from Beijing or risk being at the centre of a “storm” provoked by Beijing’s ire. In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, Mahuta said New Zealand could hardly stay out of the tensions between neighbouring Australia and the Communist Chinese regime. “And if they are close to an eye of the storm or in the eye of the storm, we’ve got to legitimately ask ourselves—it may only be a matter of time before the storm gets closer to us,” Mahuata said. “The signal I’m sending to exporters is that they need to think about diversification in this context—COVID-19, broadening relationships across our region, and the buffering aspects of if something significant happened with China. Would they be able to withstand the impact?” she asked. The country is increasingly vulnerable to the Chinese regime with …

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