CHINA OR USA DO WE HAVE TO PICK SIDES?
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.