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China Hits Back at New Zealand’s Ardern After NATO Comments

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

China has responded to New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern’s warning at the NATO summit that Beijing is becoming increasingly assertive and more willing to challenge international norms. 

“We have taken note of the relevant comment made by the New Zealand side at the NATO session, which includes some misguided accusations against China,” a spokesperson at the Chinese Embassy in Wellington said in a statement on its website dated June 30. The prime minister’s comments are “wrong” and “regrettable,” the statement said.