Li visit underscores New Zealand’s rising China dilemma

WELLINGTON/AUCKLAND – This week, Premier Li Qiang became the first top Chinese leader to visit New Zealand in almost a decade to mark the 10th anniversary of the two sides’ Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Li, who was welcomed with full pomp and circumstance, met both Prime

The Ghost of Richelieu laments the humbling of France

The headlamp I brought from Temu had flickered out half a dozen levels above the subterranean gallery where I picked my way to the circular staircase that led to the secret ossuary of the Carthusian monks, deep below the sewers of Paris. With a magnum of Chateau Margaux in one