‘Cli­mate change a se­cu­rity threat’

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WELLING­TON: New Zealand has re­leased a de­fence pol­icy state­ment call­ing cli­mate change its great­est se­cu­rity threat and stress­ing the im­por­tance of the is­sue to the Pa­cific re­gion, which is see­ing in­creased in­flu­ence from China.

It said work­ing with Pa­cific is­land coun­tries on cli­mate change was an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen ties. The emer­gence of China as a key aid donor and ma­jor lender for Pa­cific coun­tries has led to fric­tion be­tween the Asian gi­ant and Western na­tions.

New Zealand an­nounced a NZ$100 mil­lion (R967m) fund to to cut green­house emis­sions.

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