China's rapid economic growth has not only been good for the
Chinese, with massive reductions in poverty, but has also
benefited New Zealand and the world economy, Dunedin-born
economist Prof Peter Robertson said yesterday.
China's "conflicted sense of international identities" is
reflected in its sometimes "unpredictable behaviour" and
increasingly assertive approach to the United States, a
leading China specialist, Prof David Shambaugh, says.
New Zealand is on the brink of "an era of enormous trade and
economic opportunity", much of it involving our increasingly
lucrative export trade with China, Foreign Affairs Minister
Murray McCully predicts.
Surgeon Andrew Greensmith played a leading role in the
operation that last year separated the conjoined Bangladeshi
twins, Krishna and Tishna. He returns to Dunedin to take part
in the city's International Science Festival next month.
When Prof Peter Robertson, an economist at the University of
Western Australia, flew out of Perth on Wednesday night,
bound for New Zealand, Kevin Rudd was still the Australian
Prime Minister and Julia Gillard his deputy.