Article presented to Asia Forum 18/09/2012
Discussion about expediency in NZ's Asian foreign policy should not be construed as advocating abandonment of principle behind what we do or should do. It is rather to pinpoint the challenge that East Asia's successful modernisation, and in particular China's re-emergence, poses for balance between interests driven and values driven NZ foreign policy – or in other words between the new and the traditional in external relations. This is not a challenge unique, of course, to NZ. But we need to think independently about all the implications.