If not for the surprise election result, Ardern would almost certainly have been able to score real policy gains with a Labor PM in her Canberra meeting.
If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs.
Dutifully, the Pacific Islands Forum meeting is described each year as the region’s most important gathering of leaders…
Centre-left governments will give Defence whatever it says it needs, for fear that a “No” will result in them being labelled a bunch of peaceniks.
Other countries regard trade deals as an adjunct of diplomacy and defence and proceed accordingly.