Why Doesn’t New Zealand have the same problems Australia has with China

Why is it, a couple of people have asked me, despite being a member of the Five Eyes Intelligence sharing community that New Zealand has such a great rapport and is increasing its business with China?

I’ve made a couple of videos about the G20 and made comments that Australia seems to be slowly turning toward, although not actually on, the path towards reconciliation with China. Since China is their largest customer as well as their largest supplier. A staggering total of 42% of all exports from Australia headed to China and, interestingly, Australia are one of the only countries in the world to hold a trade surplus to their behemoth neighbour. Australia absolutely cannot afford to lose China as a client, to do so would be economic suicide.

So, it’s interesting that, intelligent people who are elected to represent an affluent and thriving nation such as Australia can’t seem to see the writing on the wall.

Imagine being a business leader and throwing insults or accusations at a customer who provides you almost half of your total business. It beggars belief that anyone with any intelligence would do that unless…

Well, unless they had no choice. I really don’t know what power the US holds over Australia and I’m not going to speculate on whether they force, coerce, blackmail or threaten Australia but it’s clear to me that something is going on because not only do the politicians support poking China in the eye, the media shamelessly promotes it and the voting public encourage it.

So, something is going on that causes Australians to think China is their enemy. I’ve even been told by friends in Australia that they think China will invade them. I’ve heard several times about how Australia feels a need to support Taiwan “when” not if, when China invades them. Although to paraphrase Paul Keating’s remarks, there’s no strategic interest in supporting Taiwan, why on earth would they do that. Taiwan is no more useful to, or legally bound by treaties to Australia than say, Kazakhstan.

When it’s put so succinctly by such a person, it really does make sense. Australia is, quite simply, wrong to postulate against China for many reasons and, if this is the case, why is it that New Zealand isn’t getting it so wrong?

There are two reasons that I can see. One is factual and the other is a purely speculative opinion; but see if it makes sense to you.

The first is that New Corps, Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has no hold in New Zealand. Although there are rumours he’s been banned, there isn’t any truth in that, there are no laws preventing him from operating there and, in fact, he’s planning a return to the market but with the exception of a barely watched Fox News, he’s not active in New Zealand. There is however a Bill which prevents any foreigner from owning more than 20% and this Bill was introduced in 1965, specifically because Murdoch was circling the perimeter of New Zealand press with a view to expanding his very small, at that time, Adelaide, Australia based media group. So, when people say he’s banned, he’s not. But, as always, there’s a little truth in the rumour.

The other reason I see, and please bear in mind this is just a theory but stick with it and see if you agree.

Oligarchs seem to be in control of Washington, Washington is in control of the “defence of the world”. And, when I say defence, that may have been how they perceive it but in the last 70 years, they have started, continued, encouraged and perpetuated wars throughout the world: that’s an entire generation without peace.

For a country that prides itself on freedom and democracy, that’s a pretty sad indictment.

Who drives this. Is it the politicians, is it the people, is it the media? The answer yes to all of them but who actually controls all of that. Who controls the media which drives that public opinion, who donates to the politicians who write the legislation and who controls the military which participates in the wars.

Who, for that matter profits from it?

Obviously, one thing that happens with endless wars is that the rich get richer and the poor are forced into the military so they can get health and an education and potentially shot and killed but what’s the point in getting richer if there’s a nuclear war and you can’t spend it.

Well, they’ve come up with a solution. A Texas based survival shelter company. Rising S Company, confirms it has built ”more than ten” survival shelters in New Zealand for its clients.

If we were to read a copy of the book The Sovereign Individual, we’d understand why; in this book, the authors William Rees-Mogg, the late father of UK politician Jacob, and American James Davidson, explain the answer.

A cataclysmic event, a global pandemic or a nuclear war would leave New Zealand, due to its remote geographical location relatively unscathed. A nuclear war wouldn’t touch New Zealand because of its stance on nuclear power and nuclear weapons in the country. No one is likely to invade nor need to defend the country because it has no enemies. That’s not to suggest New Zealand wouldn’t have problems, they certainly would, depending on the event there could be floods, droughts, famines or nuclear fallout and this is why bunkers, not just properties in New Zealand are the answer.

And this looks like one very important reason why no one is driving the lightly populated, remotely located and beautiful country of New Zealand into the same kind of frenzy that the rest of the English-speaking world seems to be engaging in. The profiteers of perpetual war need New Zealand to be left intact as their last refuge when things really go wrong.

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Jerry Grey

I’m British born Australian living in Guangdong and have an MA in Cross Cultural Change Management. I write mostly positively about my China experiences