The Government has two major fronts to contend with as the strained relations between New Zealand and China become more apparent by the day.

First is the domestic front and how to avoid being blamed for trashing a friendship that has taken more than 40 years to build.

Second is the diplomatic front and how to get the relationship with China back on track.
That will require some political skill to navigate because when relationships are delicately poised, it is easy to make things worse.


This will be a great test for Jacinda Ardern to see if she has the