Tensions in the Taiwan Strait loom over the Quad summit in Tokyo today.Relations between Beijing and Taipei are at the lowest point in decades, with the Chinese military in recent months sending record numbers of warplanes near the self-governing democratic island.
“The Indo-Pacific strategy cooked up by the United States, in the name of ‘freedom and openness,’ is actually keen on forming cliques,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday as US President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to Seoul and headed to Tokyo.”It claims that it intends to ‘change China’s surrounding environment,’ but its purpose is to contain China and make Asia-Pacific countries serve as ‘pawns’ of US hegemony.
“The Russian brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. And the innocent civilians have been killed in the streets and millions of refugees are internally displaced, as well as exiled. And this is more than just a European issue, it’s a global issue,” he said.
NZ On Air was labelled out of touch and wasteful yesterday for awarding $200,000 of taxpayer money on a documentary about Swarbrick.Act Party leader David Seymour said Swarbrick should reject any role in the publicly funded documentary.
NZ On Airは昨日、スワーブリックに関するドキュメンタリーで20万ドルの納税者のお金を授与したことで、手が届かず無駄なラベルが付けられました。法党のリーダーであるデビッド・シーモアは、スワーブリックは公的資金によるドキュメンタリーでのいかなる役割も拒否すべきだと述べた。
Peter Jackson is the name at the top of the Forbes’ list of big earners in the entertainment industry. The sale of his visual effects firm last year saw Jackson take home a staggering $868 million (US$580m).
Keeping the 60-year-old Lord of the Rings director company in the Forbes top 10 were musicians Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z.
National MP Simeon Brown, who represents the Pakuranga electorate, says “enough is enough” and is continuing his call to bring back Armed Response Teams, which were trialled by police last year but discontinued.
An unvaccinated 58-year-old man in the country’s largest city Auckland tested positive for the virus. The man had traveled to other parts of the country, and had no obvious link to the border, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Tuesday.
Laurel Hubbard made history in Tokyo on Monday night, becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, but failed to make a successful lift in the women’s +87kg weightlifting event.
“Thank you so very much for your interest in my humble sporting performance tonight,” Hubbard said to the media. “I know from a sporting perspective I did not live up to the standards I put upon myself.”
That was illustrated at the Tokyo International Forum, as few of Hubbard’s fellow lifters wanted to venture an opinion on the subject du jour. However, the Austrian Sarah Fischer did speak up to say: “I honestly felt sorry for her. I was actually hoping she would win a medal – that way, everybody would shut up.” The last sentiment was sincere, at least, but utterly fanciful.
Hundreds of workers, students and residents are fleeing to higher ground after a third, massive Pacific earthquake this morning – and a tsunami threat that affects much of the Northland, Bay of Plenty and East Coast coastlines.
Residents have been told to move immediately to higher ground after the magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 1000km northeast of New Zealand, at 8.28am (NZT). There is gridlock in cities such as Whangarei and on other roads around the affected regions.
Jacinda Ardern will govern New Zealand for a second term after the Labour party secured a landslide victory in the general election, attracting so many votes that it could become the first party in decades to be able to govern alone.
Throughout her three-year term, she’s attracted headlines — for being an unusually young Prime Minister, for giving birth while leading a country, for her empathetic handling of the Christchurch mosque attacks, and lately, for her swift, effective action against the coronavirus pandemic.
The opposition leader, Judith Collins, has taken aim at Ardern’s “kindness” theme during the pandemic, saying the prime minister would offer voters only “love and a hug” in the wake of the global pandemic. Collins, meanwhile, would offer them “hope and a job,” she said, pledging a more robust economic response.
Whatever conclusions we may draw from these leaders’ performances during the pandemic, experts caution that while women are “disproportionately represented to a rather startling degree” among countries managing the crisis well, dividing men and women heads of state and government into homogenous categories is not necessarily useful.
Complicating factors may be at play. Kathleen Gerson, a professor of sociology at New York University, notes, for example, that women leaders are more likely to be elected in “a political culture in which there’s a relative support and trust in the government – and that doesn’t make stark distinctions between women and men. So you’ve already got a head start”.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Sunwolves claimed their first-ever away win in Super Rugby when the Japanese side beat the two-time champion Chiefs 30-15 in a third-round match on Saturday.
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