Peter Dunne wants New Zealand to stop being China’s bitch

Once known as the “mouse that roared”, New Zealand’s cowardly approach to foreign policy is making us look more like “the mouse that scuttled for cover,” says Peter Dunne.

The UnitedFuture leader has been in politics for 32 years and says while New Zealand is “generally well regarded in the international community,” our foreign policy “now has a desperate air to it”.

“It is no longer about trying to secure our trading future, or playing our part in the Commonwealth and wider international community. No, New Zealand’s foreign policy today is all about not upsetting China,” he wrote in his weekly blog.

“Despite our laudable opposition to the use of the death penalty worldwide, we suddenly become mute when it comes to China, one of the most judicially murderous nations on earth.”

Dunne says reports the Government is “unwilling to do too much about reportedly inferior Chinese steel fabrications” is a symptom of the relationship with China being “far more important to New Zealand than the other way round”.

One day out from the first straw poll for the United Nations Secretary-General, Dunne says former Prime Minister Helen Clark has it in her favour that she comes from a “country which is one of the oldest continuous Parliament democracies in the world”.

He says New Zealand is respected for the role wartime Prime Minister Peter Fraser played in the formation of the United Nations, Norman Kirk’s government’s stand against French nuclear testing in the Pacific and David Lange’s anti-nuclearism stance.

“Even today Prime Minister John Key is developing a reputation as a leader who speaks up in international meetings for the interest of small nations and the protection of human rights generally.”

But all of that makes the “one great blind spot in our foreign policy that much harder to tolerate and understand,” Dunne said.

“New Zealand’s 1972 decision to recognise the People’s Republic of China was hailed at the time as in the vein of the independence our foreign policy has become noted for.”

But as New Zealand and China have grown closer “economically and politically, our policy approach has simply become more timid and craven,” he said.

Why not risk our nation’s income stream by being surly and petulant?

Oh wait, that’s all that Dunne does.

Peter Dunne is singularly responsible for blocking more National policy than the opposition. And now he thinks New Zealand will be served well by telling China where to get off.  His time is up. Let’s hope the addled voters see the potential in a nice fresh National candidate.


– Stuff

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