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Indo-Pacific

New Zealand signals shift in China stance by opening door to AUKUS

Diplomat indicates willingness to collaborate on technology outside of nuclear subs

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with visiting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in May 2021.   © AAPIMAGE 

SYDNEY -- New Zealand has indicated that it may cooperate with the AUKUS defense agreement between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., a move that would be a change in the country's relatively friendly policy toward China.

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