New Zealand ducks talk of Biden’s ‘alliance of democracies’ to counter China

New Zealand is not in talks to join President Joe Biden’s desired “alliance of democracies” to manage threats from China, as the top Kiwi diplomat gave the relationship with Beijing a bill of “good health” in a major foreign policy speech.

“That hasn’t been brought to my attention,” New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta told reporters Monday when asked about the U.S.-touted group. “That would require a conversation, but that’s not yet been brought to my attention.”

Biden, who regards the U.S.-China rivalry as a historic test of the viability of democratic systems of governance as opposed to authoritarian regimes, announced last month his desire to
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