New Zealand has offered mediation to help ease diplomatic and trade tensions between Australia and China. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Nanaiya Mahuta said New Zealand’s next Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference could be an opportunity to bring the two sides to the negotiating table. This information comes from the report of the British Media Guardian.
Following Australia’s new foreign intervention and investment laws, relations between the two countries began to deteriorate and China was blamed for spreading coronovirus. The relationship deteriorated last month when a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman posted a “fake photo” of an Australian soldier on Twitter. In the photo, the soldier is seen holding a bloody knife on an Afghan child. However, Australia claimed the photo was fake.
New Zealand intends to use the APEC summit as an opportunity to end tensions between Australia and China. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Nanaiya Mahuta said, “The APEC event can be a good opportunity. Both sides should have the mindset to sit together and accept that in some cases they do not want to monitor it.”