The heads of Australia and New Zealand are set to hold their first eye to eye talks since the Covid pandemic started, with China’s developing local impact and Canberra’s dubious extradition strategy prone to top the plan.

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison landed in the New Zealand resort of Queenstown for the overnight visit on Sunday, welcoming his partner Jacinda Ardern with a customary Maori hongi, in which the pair squeezed their noses together.

Morrison is the primary world pioneer to visit New Zealand since the two nations shut their boundaries a year ago to contain the infection.

The neighbors opened an isolate free travel bubble a month ago, albeit a new episode of the infection in Melbourne has incited New Zealand to suspend the movement bubble with Australia’s Victoria state.

Dennis Shanahan, public manager of The Australian paper, said China’s developing impact in the district was the top issue for the discussions.

“The issue has been constrained on the Australian and New Zealand pioneers by the way that China’s impact and impedance in the locale has developed. Yet, there’s unmistakable contrasts between the Australian and New Zealand sides on the disposition to take towards China,” he said from Canberra.

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Australia’s relationship with China has disintegrated essentially over the previous year, with Beijing obstructing some Australian fares after Canberra barred China-based broadcast communications organization Huawei from its 5G telephone organization and required a free examination concerning the beginnings of the Covid.

Australia has taken China’s transition to boycott its grain fares to the World Trade Organization, which on Friday said it would build up a debate settlement board to investigate the line.