National MP Jian Yang backs Simon Bridges' praise of China's leadership

Posted by freemexy on December 19th, 2019

Last week, Dr Yang, Bridges and National foreign affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee travelled to China. While there, the National Party leader appeared on state television channel CGTN for an interview.To get more yang jian, you can visit shine news official website.

Bridges praised the Communist Party of China (CPC) for taking the country from mass poverty to economic prosperity.

"My impression is one of amazement... having been in both Shanghai and Beijing before, it is very different even from just a few years ago. It keeps developing, there is more infrastructure and you can feel the prosperity.

"The last 70 years in China has seen the most remarkable economic transformation in history. It has taken more people out of poverty than ever before."Bridges' praise raised eyebrows back in New Zealand. David Capie, an associate professor of international relations at the Victoria University called the comments "extraordinary".

"Truly extraordinary comments about the Chinese Communist Party from NZ's Opposition Leader Simon Bridges in this interview with CGTN. Alarming to have such a big gap between govt & opposition views/language concerning such a critical relationship," Capie tweeted.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson called it the "most extraordinary interview I think I've ever seen the leader of a National Party give. His praise for the Chinese Communist Party went to a level that even the most loyal members of that party would struggle with".But the National Party leader has the backing of Dr Yang - who admitted to once training Chinese spies.

In a WeChat article - with the heading "The interview of the party leader of the National Party in China was mocked" and translated from Chinese by Google - Dr Yang criticised Robertson, saying the Chinese Government's achievements were outstanding. Dr Yang cited World Bank data which shows between 1981 and 2015, a significant number of people were pulled out of poverty.Dr Yang noted that German chancellor Angela Merkel also last week praised China's economic direction.

A press release from the German Federal Government says: "China has developed at meteoric speed over the last decades and many Chinese have been lifted out of poverty".In the CGTN interview, Bridges said China was now New Zealand's biggest trading partner, worth billion.

He said New Zealand enjoyed a "very strong" relationship with China as a trading partner. "The transformation has been so dramatic," he said. "We have felt the privilege of being able to have many firsts with your party and with your country... New Zealand has been a direct beneficiary of what has happened in China."

"China's development is an important factor in our victory over the financial crisis. The volume of new and medium trade has tripled since 2008 and currently exceeds NZ billion."

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