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In the intervening five years, China's policy has become more and more offensive, New Zealand Presbyter Jacinda Ardern said in an interview with the AP, BTA reported.

The prime minister of the Pacific island nation spoke to the world news agency on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the start of her second term as prime minister.

She pointed out that China has undoubtedly become more assertive in the region during this period, but warned that building ties with small Pacific states should not become a game of one-man supremacy.

Ardern also pointed out: In recent years under President Xi Jinping, China has changed.

"I think if I look at the region as a whole and at some of the changes that we've seen in our region, we're going to see a more aggressive China," the prime minister stressed in Wellington.

The Prime Minister explained that there are a number of reasons for this.

"China's integration into the regional economy, the growth of China, the growth of its middle class, a whole host of reasons. But there's also been a more aggressive approach on a number of issues and relationships. So, without a doubt, China has changed since I've been in office Ardern summed up.

China has made some bold geopolitical moves in the Pacific this year, first with the signing of a security pact with the Solomon Islands and then with its failed attempt to persuade 10 Pacific nations to sign a wide-ranging agreement covering everything from security to fisheries.

These moves greatly alarmed some Pacific nations and Western democracies, including the United States.

But Ardern rejected criticism that New Zealand had not made a strong enough presence this year when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi toured the Pacific region seeking influence.

According to the prime minister, relations should not be measured only by the visits of politicians, because "our relations in the Pacific region are family relations, because we are a family, we are from the Pacific Ocean".

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Jacinda Ardern pointed out in the interview that relationships are built on a community level.

"That's why we need to be careful if we look at our relationship as if it's about one-man dominance. You have to be consistent in your presence, and New Zealand is doing that," she stressed.