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My Daily Digest: May 27, 2021

Aus lets the dogs out   It appears we have a little Aussie battle on our hands. The Australian version of the 60 Minutes news show is previewing a story, airing on Sunday, that questions our relationship with China.

The Morrison government has taken China to task in recent months over its human rights record, among other things.

New Zealand exporters looked on in horror as tariffs were swiftly slapped on many Australian industries. Australian food producers probably looked on in horror as well.

NZ has taken a cautious approach when it comes to its relationship with our biggest export market.

Diplomatically, we’ve decided that if we bark the bite back will be substantial.

Now, the Australians have let the dogs out.

There will always be a tension between the need to speak out on actions deemed out of line and preserving links vital for the nation’s wellbeing.

Let’s hope our foreign policy leaders have mastered the correct tone.


Bryan Gibson


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