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Australia, New Zealand and their 'family differences' over China

Despite their shared history, both have taken divergent paths in managing ties with Beijing.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speak during a joint press conference held at The Nest in Queenstown, New Zealand, on May 31 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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When Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison met his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern in the idyllic surroundings of New Zealand's Queenstown earlier this week, both leaders were keen to say how close the relationship is between their two countries.

Mr Morrison spoke of the two countries as a "family", and that is hardly an exaggeration. There are probably no two countries in the world that are more alike in so many aspects of their national life as these two former outposts of the British Empire in the South Pacific.

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