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Insight: Canadian intelligence spooks New Zealand

18th June 2018 - 03:31 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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A report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has raised ire in New Zealand over allegations that Wellington is under Beijing’s thumb.

The report, 'China and the Age of Strategic Rivalry', was supposed to focus on ‘China’s continued rise as an influential global actor’, but the paper did little to explain China’s influence in Canada, but instead focused on recent espionage and influence scandals in New Zealand.

Though the CSIS report claims to use New Zealand as a ‘case study’, it does appear that Ottawa conveniently ignores China’s sway in its own backyard with only 20 references to Canada

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