The trade tension between China and the United States is unprecedented. Even if the Democrats win next year, US attempts to contain China will shift only in style, not objective. The US will block Chinese technical innovation wherever possible, stem its rise, and coerce partners and allies to do the same.

This situation presents ongoing crises for Western nations such as New Zealand, for it is not simply a choice between Beijing and Washington – both are vital relationships. Politicians and diplomats are tempted to appease as many interests as possible, but they often end up losing the trust and

Advertisement

A simple trade strategy with an opaque name

Repair or empty respite