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NZ Trade Minister Criticised for ‘Running CCP Lines’

Some Kiwi politicians have expressed concern that a diplomatic faux pas by the New Zealand (NZ) trade minister suits the political ends of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which seeks to pressure Australia by upgrading its trade deal with NZ. NZ National Party MP Simon O’Connor, who is a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, told Stuff.co.nz on Friday that Trade Minister Damien O’Connor had shown a “blindness” to the situation when he said that Australia should follow NZ’s example and “show respect” to China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China is an international cross-party group of legislators working towards reforming how democratic countries approach China. “It suits the CCP to have a trade deal with New Zealand right now in order to increase pressure on Australia,” the National MP said. He added: “For Damien to so loudly trumpet in the Australian’s faces suits the political end of the CCP.” The National MP also …