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International relations

Australia-China divide forces New Zealand to 'straddle two worlds'

New foreign minister cuts her teeth as tensions -- and pressure to speak up -- build

HONG KONG -- New Zealand is navigating rocky diplomatic waters as tensions flare between China, the country's biggest trade partner, and Australia, its closest ally. Leading the way will be the island nation's new top diplomat, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta -- a rising political star, an indigenous Maori leader and the first woman to hold the position.

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