Each time I go back to China (and that's often), I get new perspective on what's happening there. Last month (June) was no exception.

I became acutely aware that New Zealand's relationship with China is "on watch" and not only at official level.

On the streets, people have the perception New Zealand is "taking sides" and that brings with it "risks".

Chinese media is very different to New Zealand's. In general it is influenced by positive news, particularly via state media, so any negative news stands out. Impressions last for a long time. Good news often means credentials are gained,

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