New Zealand: Ardern 'sold her soul to China' says expert
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Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was the target of a fiery rant by Sky Australia correspondent Prue Macsween. New Zealand broke ranks with its closest allies in the Five Eyes security alliance over the bloc’s stance on China. The decision not to back criticism calling out China’s poor human rights record saw Ms Macsween claim New Zealand had “sold its soul” in return for Chinese investment.
Sky News Australia correspondent Prue Macsween told viewers: “Little ol’ New Zealand has sold its soul.”
She continued: “[Prime Minister Ardern] is going to be the first one who calls on Australia, US, UK, Japan if something goes wrong.
“I just think she is soo out of step and it is soo dangerous.
“The woman needs a reality check.”
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Ms Macsween also dubbed New Zealand’s PM a “Mother Theresa” before adding her “halo has slipped.”
The Sky correspondent continued: “She is no longer the saint that she displays herself to be.
“She has serious problems.”
The Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance is made up of U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and New Zealand and is a network that goes back to World War II.
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In recent years the group has looked to build a common stance on China-related issues such as the suppression of the Uyghur Muslim minority populations of Xinjiang and the crackdown on pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong.
However, New Zealand has increasingly been at odds with the rest of its alliance choosing at times not to co-sign statements of condemnation or deciding to engage unilaterally with Beijing.
This has led to concern that Lucina Ardern’s government is undermining the collective security of the bloc.
New Zealand, along with Australia, has developed strong trade ties with China.
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According to the Guardian, China has in fact been New Zealand’s largest trading partner since 2017.
It comes as Conservative MP Bob Seely spoke out in Parliament on condemned Ms Ardern’s stance, saying it has placed New Zealand “in a hell of an ethical mess”.
Ms Macsween said “I am so glad the UK has condemned her.
“That she is suddenly not the hero, the saint of the world.”
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