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New Zealand’s Ardern Warns NATO of China’s Rising Assertiveness

  • Leader singles out China in address to summit in Madrid
  • Pacific region experiencing mounting tensions, PM says
Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda ArdernPhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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China’s increasing willingness to challenge international norms must be resisted, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the NATO summit.

Rising tensions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were not limited to Europe, with the Pacific also experiencing “mounting pressure on the international rules-based order,” Ardern said in a speech Wednesday in Madrid, according to emailed notes. She singled out China, saying it has in recent times “become more assertive and more willing to challenge international rules and norms.”