China (PRC)

I have reproduced here a number of statements and articles relevant to issues around the activities of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand.  Those pieces were referenced in individual posts which may be hard to track down in future, so I’ve collected them here for ease of reference.

  1.  A translation of an October 2018 article by Chen Weijian about the background on Yikun Zhang, an Auckland-based Chinese-born businessman with close ties to Beijing, who was embroiled in a controversy about donations to the National Party and possible new National Party election candidates.
  2. A November 2018 open letter from Australian Sinologists (New Zealand residents) Geremie Barmé and John Minford expressing concern at attempts to intimidate Anne-Marie Brady, and calling on the Prime Minister (and the Minister of Foreign Affairs) to take the threats seriously and to address, and act on, the substantive concerns Professor Brady has raised in her work.
  3. A December 2018 translation of another article, from Beijing Spring, by Chen Weijian, this time responding to claims, and attacks, in reference to Professor Brady and her work made in various Chinese-language media by Auckland pro-Beijing writer Morgan Xiao.
  4. A September 2019 article by Daisy Lee, born and raised in the PRC and now an independent researcher living in Auckland, posing questions for National MP Jian Yang and for the leaders of the National Party about their continued support for him.
  5. A discussion note I wrote in 2014, while still on the staff of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, about the ways in which a serious economic slowdown in China could affect New Zealand.    (This was released to me by the Bank under the Official Information Act).
  6. In 2018/19 the New Zealand Parliament’s Justice Committee was asked (by the government) to undertake an inquiry into possible foreign interference in New Zealand’s political system.   Belatedly, and over the initial objections of the chair and his Labour colleagues, public submissions were invited. My submission, focused on issues around the PRC, is here Submission to Justice Committee foreign interference inquiry 26 April 2019
  7. A translation of an October 2020 article by Auckland-based dissident Chen Weijian raising concerns about the ACT Party’s approach to PRC issues in the run-up to the 2020 election, suggesting they have backtracked from principled positions taken until relatively recently.  The original was published in Beijing Spring and an approved translation was made available to me.