New Delhi. New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins is currently visiting China. Now China and New Zealand have strong relations in terms of trade, business relations worth thousands of crores go on. But at the moment the discussion is going on about something else. In fact, the PM of New Zealand has taken two aircraft with him on his China tour. One in which he traveled and the other which walked along as a back up. The question arises that why did a Prime Minister need a back-up aircraft while going to China?
Why was there a need for two aircraft?
Now this question has gone viral on social media, people are creating different theories, but a formal statement has also come from the New Zealand government. A spokesman said that this trip is very important, the distance is very long, in such a situation it was thought that back-up aircraft should also be kept for the success of the mission. As the Boeing 757s are 30 years old, they are due to be replaced between 2028 and 2030. Now this official statement tells that the government itself does not have full confidence in the Boeing 757 engine fitted in the Prime Minister’s plane, that is why another plane is going along as a back-up.
By the way, the opposition parties of New Zealand are also attacking the government on this whole controversy. In their eyes, this is a kind of big mess with the environment. It has also been emphasized that it is wrong to send such a message from the PM. An opposition leader said about this that if a climate emergency has started in the true sense, then there is no point in carrying an aircraft with a thirty year old engine.
New Zealand’s track record is not good
Well history says that New Zealand prime ministers are required to carry a back-up aircraft with them. In fact last year when Jacinda Ardern was the Prime Minister, she got stuck in Antarctica, her plane developed some technical fault, due to which she had to return later on an Italian plane. It is believed that for the same reason now Prime Minister Chris Hipkins does not want to take any risk, has taken two planes with him.
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