Mining consultant Dave Feickert was born and bred in a New Zealand Quaker family, with some periods of study in Birmingham and Bradford.
For some years he has worked to improve safety in China’s coal-mines and received an award in 2009 from the Chinese Government as one of those whose efforts have combined to reduce the accident rate by 70%.
Mr Feickert earlier wrote in the Financial Times about rising tension between the US and China, stressing that it is not in anyone’s interest to have another hot or cold clash of the titans:
“The underlying problem for the international community to resolve is how to persuade the US to put its unilateralism back into storage.
“While China has a distinct lack of military presence in the US’s own backyard, for example, the US Navy believes it should run free in the China Sea. Some US politicians and businessmen even want the rest of us to help militarily and economically to contain China’s rise. They want to use the current Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations as one vehicle to do so.
Following up Dave Feickert’s reference to trade minister Tim Groser’s interview on New Zealand Radio, we give a relevant link which adds more detail.
Trade Minister Tim Groser, noting that anti-China rhetoric coming out of the US is becoming increasingly virulent, said that New Zealand will pull out of regional trade talks involving nine countries, if politicians in the United States use them as a vehicle to try to contain the rise of China.
Civilisation 3000 readers hope that New Zealand will build on its admirable foreign policy and develop this role as critical friend to both countries.