PM’s credible showing amid a sea of old dudes
By inviting Trudeau to Antarctica, one has to wonder whether Ardern’s relationship with the only other Apec leader to share her secret sauce of youth, hope and optimism doesn’t portend an icy relationship between the pair.
That would be in striking contrast to the ‘‘bro-mance’’ allegedly struck up at last year’s Apec in Peru between Trudeau and John Key, who was making his swansong appearance on the world stage, not that anyone knew it then.
Last year, New Zealand was represented by a long-serving leader who knew everyone, who wrongly – but with trademark self-assurance – insisted to Apec audiences that Trump was ‘‘a business guy’’ who would come around to the TPP’s logic.
At Apec this year, Ardern’s challenge was to strike her own tone: stylish; appearing to walk the talk on inequality, sustainability and climate change; unmistakable in a sea of old dudes.
There is, of course, far more to effective national representation than standing out in the crowd. But as groundwork for future outings goes, Ardern has made a credible showing and on her own terms. –BusinessDesk
On the sidelines at Apec in Vietnam, from left: Jacinda Ardern, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.