New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, in February 2020. The pair are to meet again on Sunday. Photo: EPA
Meeting between Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern will be an opportunity to dispel perceptions of a growing gap between the countries’ China policies, experts say. Differences were highlighted recently when Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand was uncomfortable about using the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance as a platform to criticise Beijing.
Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern will meet in Queenstown for discussions that are expected to touch on their differing approaches to China as Western countries including the United States ramp up coordination to pressure Beijing on human rights and security concerns.