New Zealand Prime Minister: Barong scratchy, 'quite starched'

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Li made the remarks when meeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the sidelines of the East Asia leaders' meetings in the Philippine capital of Manila.

That seemed to jog some association with the difficulties airlines had globally "and the Sunni and Shi'ites creating problems".

Mr Duterte told of a visit to Auckland previous year, where "My companion brought some fish in the wharf".

Duterte talked very fondly about New Zealand.

He then lapsed into a story about his companion not being allowed to take live fish somewhere - it wasn't clear where.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has quite an opinion about the Filipino barong.

Mr Duterte said: "Auckland treats its citizens well".

"New Zealand is a country small but governed well and protected well ahead of the time and that is good and you can see how it is now".

He questioned Ardern about her country's nuclear capability, asking: "You do not have the atom bombs there, you don't have nuclear bases there?"

Mr Duterte, infamous for ordering police to kill drug suspects, also asked about wheter police in New Zealand were armed, to which Ardern explained that they were not.

"We consider ourselves a very peaceful nation and of course advocate for those principles and values".

Once the signing was over, media left the room and the meeting continued behind closed doors.

Stressing that New Zealand adheres to the one-China policy, Ardern said her country is willing to cooperate more closely with China and advance their talks on the FTA upgrade.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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