New Zealand defence report says climate change greatest security risk

WELLINGTON (Dec 6): New Zealand released a defence policy statement on Thursday, calling climate change its greatest security threat and stressed the importance of the issue to the geostrategically contested Pacific region, which is seeing increased influence from China.

The assessment came on the heels of a defence policy earlier this year that warned China's rising influence in the South Pacific could undermine regional stability, drawing a complaint from the Asian giant.

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