China asks New Zealand waste water pipe to be diverted due to security fears

china asks new zealand waste water pipe to be diverted due to security fears

“If they want it shifted, they will have to organise it and pay for it and we will oversee the project. That’s our bottom line,” MacLean said.

“It will be a big project to shift that pipe.”

The present building of China’s embassy in Wellington. File photo: Reuters

The present building of China’s embassy in Wellington. File photo: Reuters

The Chinese ambassador to New Zealand, Wang Xiaolong, told The Dominion Post newspaper that the embassy “was working with the council” on the pipes so the building could proceed.

The Chinese embassy was not immediately able to provide a comment.

China has been targeted by protesters over a number of issues in recent years including its human rights record, the political crackdown in Hong Kong, the treatment of Uygurs and other Muslim minorities, and heightened tensions with Taiwan.

The Wellington City Council approved resource consent for the new embassy four years ago but there has been no work done on the site.

South China Morning Post

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