Acting PM Winston Peters, however, has said that while he and all of the cabinet are “concerned” about the policy, they have refused to condemn it.
It shows what a tricky thing international politics is.
There’s always a certain amount of sucking up you have to do to people you might not like. We saw it with Trump and Kim at the Singapore Summit. We see it in pretty much any interaction with China.
And New Zealand remains an ally of the US and within their zone of influence.
Peters and the government can’t risk a backlash from the US which has already imposed tariffs on us.
So, they are forced to remain silent.