7 Mar 2019

'We advocate in NZ interests' - NZ-China Council's Stephen Jacobi

From Morning Report, 7:40 am on 7 March 2019

The New Zealand China Council is biting back at claims it serves as a propagandist for China. The former Reserve Bank economist Michael Reddell told Morning Report that Dame Jenny Shipley should not sit on the council's board, which receives taxpayer funding. He also says the China Council needs a shake up in the wake of the Mainzeal ruling. But the New Zealand China Council's executive director Stephen Jacobi says Michael Reddell's got it wrong. 

"It quite put me off my muesli yesterday morning," he tells Guyon Espiner.

"New Zealand and China disagree on fundamental issues... but that shouldn't stop us developing a relationship in the areas it makes sense to do so."