China’s communists fund Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told

China’s communists fund Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told. By David Fisher.

An influential United States Congress hearing has been told “one of the major fundraisers for Jacinda Ardern’s party” is linked to the Chinese Communist Party and it showed China had penetrated New Zealand’s political networks.

As a result, US lawmakers needed to consider whether New Zealand should be kicked out of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance because of problems at its “political core”. …

The hearing of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was aimed at gathering evidence on China’s relationship with traditional US allies. …

China’s actions included getting people linked to the Communist Party or People’s Liberation Army elected and had made it worth the while of political figures “to parrot its line on issues it deems important”. …

The hearing heard testimony from former CIA analyst Peter Mattis who said the Chinese Communist Party had worked “very close to or inside the political core” of Australia and New Zealand and “one of the major fundraisers for Jacinda Ardern’s party has United Front links”. …

However, he said New Zealand “have denied that there’s a problem at all” and failed to follow Australia’s lead in setting up an inquiry into China’s activities.

As Glenn Reynolds notes, isn’t it weird that the NZ Labor Party  supports censorship, disarming citizens, etc.?