NZ-China problem a storm in a rice bowl?

The New Zealand government has been in something of a dilemma of late. Our Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has advised that Spark?s plans to use Huawei 5G telecommunications equipment would ?raise significant national security risks? for this country.

The United States and Australia feel the same way and have banned Huawei?s 5G gear.
The Chinese government has hit back at New Zealand for the GCSB assertion. Our exports to China and tourism from China, mainstays of our economy, are both under attack.

The government?s dilemma is this: do they ban Huawei 5G equipment so as to protect us against the Chinese breaching our national security? Or do we cave into Chinese pressure, allow the Huawei telecommunications equipment to be installed and get our Chinese exports and tourism back on track?

We are fortunate to have an ex-South African to advise us, a beautiful 33 year old NZ Herald journalist by the name of Heather du Plessis-Allan. On 17th February Heather was kind enough to inform us that it is ?a breach of loyalty? to say nasty things about the Chinese government. She assures us that the Chinese are letting us off lightly for our transgression, so far attacking only our ?trinkets.?
By ?trinkets? she means our export and tourism industries.

Heather is well qualified to guide us on such weighty matters, having ?studied politics? at Auckland University. Whaleoilers should not allow her failure to graduate to reflect badly on her as Heather obviously has wisdom far beyond her years. Even at the tender age of 24 she captured the heart of a senior journalist.

No doubt it was her journalistic skill and her political perception, not her beauty, that won her rapid (if short-lived) posts in print, radio and TV.
Heather is supported in her conclusion, that business with Huawei should come before national security by Huawei NZ. Surprise!

Huawei is running advertising which informs us that they are as much a part of the New Zealand way of life as are the All Blacks. That is to say, a Chinese company is interfering in the New Zealand political process by identifying itself with dinkum kiwi blokes and blokesses.

Maybe a major New Zealand exporter should try that in China. The Chinese government is interfering in our export and tourism industries, so why not? Maybe Fonterra should be advertising in China that their dairy products are as Chinese as concentration camps disguised as vocational colleges.
Or maybe not.

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