China: Mind your own bloody business Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

China rebuked New Zealand’s Defence Minister at the opening of a high-profile security forum in Beijing on Tuesday, criticizing his stance on tension in the disputed South China Sea, saying countries “not involved” should not interfere.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

An international tribunal in Hague ruled in July that China had no historic title over the waters and had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights there. That decision infuriated Beijing, which dismissed the court’s authority.

We “hope that countries who are not involved in the disputes respect the countries who are having the disputes to … work among themselves,” Fu Ying, chairwoman of China’s foreign affairs committee for parliament, said at the Xiangshan Forum, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore.

“Outside involvement, I think the developments have shown, interferences, can only complicate the differences and sometimes even add to the tension,” said Ms Fu, a former deputy foreign minister who was chairing the session.

Ms Fu’s comments came in response to remarks by New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee about his country’s concerns over the South China Sea.

“We oppose actions that undermine peace and erode trust and would like to see all parties actively take steps to reduce those tensions,” Mr Brownlee said.

I suspect Brownlee would just love it when China comes here to tell us how to run our country. ?Not.

Why New Zealand thinks it has any standing in the world to go around and tell other countries how to run their own affairs is beyond me. ?This same sort of self-righteousness is on display when we try telling Fiji how to run a country. ?And when we “chair” the security council and try and tell the Big Five to play nicely.

There simply is no upside to it, especially when behind the scenes we down-trou, bend over and take it in the scratcher every time it means we can make a trade deal. ? No principles on display to get those export and tourism dollars to flow, eh Gerry?


– Newshub