New Zealand’s trading relationship with China is worth $19b and experts say that leaves the country ‘significantly exposed’ – ABC News

NZ dairy cows

“They would be the first to say, ‘look let’s not insult China. Yes, let’s quietly object to their human rights practices, but don’t confront them to the point where they lose face and patience with New Zealand and carry out reprisals,” Mr Hoadley said. “The Australian situation is a kind of lesson to New Zealand of what to avoid.” For those people who rely on trade with China to pay their bills, the feeling is one of pragmatism. “If they were to ever shut their doors, it would have a massive impact,” Chris said. “They’re a major player in dairy exports for New Zealand and we want to keep them on-side.” The expectation among producers in New Zealand is that the Government will maintain the status quo with their Chinese customers. “They’re the face of the country, so we need them to be doing the right role for us,” he said. “All those decisions are out of our control. We just have to ride the wave.”

Source: New Zealand’s trading relationship with China is worth $19b and experts say that leaves the country ‘significantly exposed’ – ABC News

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