Magic Weapons and Foreign Interference in New Zealand
how it started, how it’s going
Keywords:New Zealand–China relations, foreign interference, united front work
In March 2021, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) launched a remarkable campaign to inform the New Zealand public on the risk of foreign interference. In New Zealand, reference to ‘foreign interference’ almost always relates to the foreign interference activities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government. New Zealand has been severely affected by CCP foreign interference. For the Ardern government it was never a matter of ‘whether’ New Zealand would address this issue, but ‘how’. The SIS’s unprecedented public information campaign is part of a significant readjustment in New Zealand–China relations since 2018. This article documents some of those changes
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