Comments from New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister last week sparked outrage in the United Kingdom and Australia, with concern Aotearoa isn't taking a strong enough line against China.
Over recent months, New Zealand has been criticised for not being party to some Five Eyes statements on human rights abuses in China. Instead, Aotearoa has often released its own or joined with Australia in commenting.
On Monday last week, Nanaia Mahuta said the Five Eyes wasn't always the most appropriate group to comment on human rights issues and she was uncomfortable with expanding its remit to non-security matters.
But a number of international politicians and media commentators have taken her remarks to suggest New Zealand isn't willing to criticise Beijing.
That's not a concern New Zealand has received directly from our partners, Grant Robertson said on Tuesday, while Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has said it's up to New Zealand to choose how to express concern.
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