Pretty funny line in this story about John Howard negotiating a trade deal with the dictatorial regime in Beijing:
At the start of his meeting with President Hu, Mr Howard said the decision to negotiate an agreement was “historic” – the first agreement between China and a fully developed country. His claim is despite New Zealand already being well into negotiations on a free trade agreement with China.
If Johnny was having a dig, put it down to the fact that NZ tried very hard to insinuate itself into Australia’s recent “free trade” negotiations with the US. Didn’t work–that whole nuclear ships ban thing still bites–but it sounds like there might still be some trans-Tasman tensions.
Poor old Middle Earth.