(MENAFN) The prime leaders of Australia and New Zealand met on Tuesday to discuss the significance of China to their respective economies. They decided to voice their problems with their most significant trade partner, who is becoming more forceful in their area.
Chris Hipkins, the prime minister of New Zealand, traveled to Australia for the first time as head of his government since Jacinda Ardern's abrupt departure in January.
After Hipkins took office on January 25, two weeks later, he paid a visit to Australia's Parliament House. He assured the media during a joint news conference with his Australian colleague Anthony Albanese that he would maintain New Zealand's foreign policy course.
“Our foreign policy position hasn’t changed just because there’s a change of prime minister,” Hipkins added. “The government foreign policy is the same as it was under Prime Minister Ardern.”
When a reporter questioned Hipkins if he was concerned about Chinese pressure in the South Pacific, Hipkins said that Ardern has been reluctant to speak out against "poor behavior by China."
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