Ardern says Pacific can handle own security as China pushes deal

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the South Pacific should thrash out security arrangement issues at the Pacific Islands Forum, which is expected to meet in July. – EPA pic, May 26, 2022.

THE South Pacific can handle its own security needs, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today as details emerged of China’s plans to significantly deepen ties with 10 island nations. 

“On anything related to security arrangements, we are very strongly of the view that we have within the Pacific the means and ability to respond to any security challenges that exist, and New Zealand is willing to do that,” she said after a meeting with US senators in Washington.

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