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While former PM Jenny Shipley did not write the notorious op ed that appeared under her byline recently in a Chinese newspaper, the article was based on an interview she gave to the newspaper in December.
More to the point, the op ed’s content seemed to be consistent with the very positive messages that have been emanating in recent years from a number of National Party politicians (past and present) about the desirability of increasing China’s trade and investment relationships with New Zealand... 6146928751
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