PM’s cred­i­ble show­ing amid a sea of old dudes

Waikato Times - - Business -

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

PHOTO: REUTERS

On the side­lines at Apec in Viet­nam, from left: Jacinda Ardern, Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto and Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

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