China calls New Zealand's accusations'misguided'

China accused New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of making "wrong and unfortunate" statements. 

Ardern visited last week's NATO meeting in Spain & said China had become "more assertive & eager to challenge international rules & norms."

The Chinese embassy in Wellington said Ardern's claims were "misguided." The embassy called the allegation "false & unfortunate."

"It's clear that such a comment won't assist increase mutual trust or keep bilateral ties on track. China has criticised Ardern twice in a month.

Early in June, the New Zealand leader & US President Joe Biden expressed alarm over China having a "permanent military presence in the Pacific".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the two presidents of "deliberately hyping up" China's domestic concerns.

claimed their statement "distorts and smears China's usual co-operation with Pacific Island countries."

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