CHINA OR USA DO WE HAVE TO PICK SIDES?

North & South - - Columns -

Two ri­val pow­ers will con­tinue to shape the Asia–pa­cific re­gion: China, our trad­ing part­ner, and the USA, our se­cu­rity part­ner. They can be fierce com­peti­tors, yet we want friendly and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ships with both. Ideally, we want them to get on with each other. The old con­cern is that one day we, along with Aus­tralia, will be forced to make an im­pos­si­ble choice be­tween our eco­nomic and se­cu­rity in­ter­ests. But New Zealand has been mak­ing small choices al­ready, try­ing to main­tain a balance in our con­nec­tions with Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton. Can we con­tinue to do this as Xi Jin­ping's China gains more in­flu­ence and Amer­ica's role be­comes more chal­leng­ing in the Trump era? Will we have to rely more on other re­gional re­la­tion­ships? Re­searchers at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity of Welling­ton are look­ing at im­por­tant ques­tions about New Zealand’s strate­gic fu­ture and the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead. And they're teach­ing to­mor­row’s de­fence of­fi­cials, in­tel­li­gence an­a­lysts and diplo­mats who will be help­ing New Zealand deal with an un­cer­tain Asia–pa­cific land­scape.

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