China in Pa­cific

Sunday Star-Times - - OPINION -

4) con­tains the state­ment ‘‘peo­ple have wiped out 60 per cent of wild an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions since 1970’’. What the World Wildlife Fund re­port ac­tu­ally says is: ‘‘The global pop­u­la­tions of mam­mals, rep­tiles, birds and am­phib­ians have fallen 60 per cent be­tween 1970 and 2014’’.

The re­port is based on stud­ies of 16,700 pop­u­la­tions be­long­ing to 4000 species around the world – only a frac­tion of just the an­i­mal species alone in the ecosys­tems. The causes of the de­cline are listed as in­creas­ing hu­man con­sump­tion, cli­mate change, pol­lu­tion, farm­ing and de­for­esta­tion. It may be worth not­ing that the re­port has been crit­i­cised as skewed to­wards Western Europe (where data is more read­ily avail­able) whereas the great­est im­pacts have been in Cen­tral and South Amer­ica and South­east Asia and In­done­sia.

The Sun­day Star-Times ar­ti­cle is bad news; the re­al­ity is even worse. New Zealan­ders need to be much more aware and proac­tive.

A. Wil­liams, Napier The Chi­nese Em­bassy is sur­prised by the ar­ti­cle head­lined ‘‘Govern­ment blind­sided as Niue signs up to Chi­nese blan­dish­ments’’ (News, November 4).

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions, China has been de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the Cook Is­lands and Niue in line with the ba­sic norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, with the prin­ci­ples and pur­poses of the UN Char­ter as the core. Over the years, China has pro­moted eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment in the Cook Is­lands and Niue by pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance within its own ca­pac­ity based on mu­tual re­spect and com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive (BRI) aims to of­fer a China so­lu­tion to global and re­gional eco­nomic is­sues. It in­cludes more than 130 coun­tries, in­clud­ing New Zealand, which signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with China.

China and New Zealand have been main­tain­ing reg­u­lar con­tact on is­sues re­lat­ing to Pa­cific is­land coun­tries. China re­spects the im­por­tant role New Zealand plays in the Pa­cific. China re­mains com­mit­ted to work­ing with New Zealand for the peace, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity in the re­gion. Zhenyu Wang, Chi­nese Em­bassy

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