United States

New Zealand PM welcomes US growing presence in Indo-Pacific

15:19, 06 November 2021
New Zealand PM welcomes US growing presence in Indo-Pacific Photo: Frank Maypicture alliance/Global Look Press

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern expressed her welcome to the US showing signs that it is increasing its presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

She noted that the United States has “an incredibly important role” in the economy and trade of the region.

"We welcome that physical presence, being part of important talks in our region. And we have seen, we have seen that greater ... engagement in recent times," she said in a statement.

"We do still believe that we have the maturity in our relationship to raise issues that we're concerned about, be it human rights issues, be it labour issues, be it environmental issues. And it's very important to us that we continue to be able to do that and do that regardless of those trading ties." she added.

Ardren’s words come several days before an online summit of Asian-Pacific countries where they will discuss recovery from the pandemic.

The two states have earlier signed the AUKUS agreement with the UK to tackle China’s growing presence in the region.

This had led to the worsening of relations between Australia and France as AUKUS affected their submarine deal.