NZ party questions China dairy influence

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New Zealand First is asking questions about Chinese influence in the dairy industry.
New Zealand First is asking questions about Chinese influence in the dairy industry.

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The leader of the New Zealand First political party says China’s growing control over the country’s dairy industry needs to be investigated.

Rt Hon Winston Peters, the Member of Parliament for Northland, said last week his party called for a full inquiry into how Jian Yang, who was born in China but has New Zealand citizenship, could become an MP.

Questions have been raised after reports surfaced that Yang studied and lectured at the People's Liberation Army Air Force Engineering College and the Luoyang Foreign Language Institute, both of which have been linked to Chinese military intelligence.

However, these institutions are not listed on his government website biography, merely that he completed his education in China.

China ‘dominating’ New Zealand

“In five years, China has taken over New Zealand’s milk infant formula industry and they have the back door key to our dairy industry added value,”​ Peters said.

“All over the country, National and local government politicians have talked of Chinese interests funding infrastructure.

“China is quietly starting to dominate the lives of New Zealanders and clearly our economic direction,”​ Peters said, adding the National Party, which heads the government, must explain the situation.

The National Party currently has 59 seats in the New Zealand Parliament, while the New Zealand First party has the fourth largest number of seats with 12, behind the Green Party and Labour.

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