Jacinda Ardern aligns NZ’s foreign policy with US in ‘Indo-Pacific’ speech
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a foreign policy speech on the Indo-Pacific on Wednesday. (file photo)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has firmly aligned New Zealand’s foreign policy with the United States’ world view, “embracing” the phrase “Indo-Pacific” to describe the region.
The US, United Kingdom, and Australia are among countries that regularly use the phrase “Indo-Pacific”, wrapping India into a strategic picture of the Asia-Pacific region as a greater counter-weight against China’s growing influence. New Zealand has been a slow adopter of the term.
Ardern gave a foreign policy speech to an audience of diplomats and government officials at the New Zealand Institute of International Affair’s “Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region” conference, being held at Te Papa on Wednesday.
“The Indo-Pacific is to some…