Date: May 12 2020
By: Thomas Manch
China has heavily criticised New Zealand's support of Taiwan joining the World Health Organisation, saying the "erroneous remarks" could damage relations between the countries.
But New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters says he's not concerned an escalating war of words will damage relations, and he doesn't regret telling the Chinese ambassador she needed to "listen to her master".
China foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lihan told a press conference on Monday that China "deplores and opposes" New Zealand's position, and "no one should entertain any illusion when it comes to matters concerning China's core interests". [FULL STORY]