This picture shows China’s new aircraft carrier undergoing sea trials. China’s increasing military spending is unnerving several countries in the South China region, which have standing conflicts with Beijing.
Military observers say the refurbishment of the old Soviet Union carrier is a political signal to the US, who are currently the leading military force in the region.
I know NZ is not the only country infested with business people (like Stephen Tindall) who think trade with China is a good thing, and maybe there’s an argument to support that view.
However China is the second largest military spender in the world, (about $100 billion) and every dollar traded with the Chines Communists, who hold power over their citizens by means of murder and terror, allows them to spend more on their armed forces.
Its a pretty simple equation in the end. Who would you prefer to be the most powerful military force in the world? The tyrannical totalitarian Generals of China’s Communist Party or the democratically elected government of the US?
Trade with the Chinese mainland should only happen after they’ve removed by force or otherwise, the Chinese Communist Party from power.