I’ll show you mine even if you don’t show me yours!

When you are out all afternoon shooting you get to do a whole lot of thinking. As we were busting clays this afternoon chat got around to China.

The China/New Zealand relationship bears some curiously similar hallmarks to a desperate blonde having a romp between the sheets with the town cad in the hope he’ll love and look after her.  As long as she’s hot, doesn’t rock the boat and turns out the goods I suppose he’ll hang around, but he won’t be faithful.

That’s what I see when I read about the eager and breathless McCully sweating his way around China.  The FTA is just stunning – most of us are enormous supporters.  But where do we draw the line?  Is it necessary to be so loose?

Take Huawei for example, the telco/tech company subsidised by the Communist leadership (oh wait, owned by the employees – heh!) and well understood to be a front for Chinese intelligence – are we really happy to trade security for a fast broadband network?  Our involvement with the Echelon spy network is the only real contribution we make as a country to international electronic intelligence gathering?

In short, the intel trickle that we currently enjoy could turn into an occasional drip. China is far from the most stable nation in the world with major ethnic struggles along strategic borders, hugely dependent on unstable nations for energy and food, has a heaving poor population angling for survival or more pay, and the Communist Party overseeing thousands of executions a year.

Still, let’s have a jolly good old romp with them and use them like they are using us, but perhaps we should come up for breath and think about a couple of layers of contraception….or is it too late?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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