John Key heading overseas to talk about the Free Trade Agreement

And there won’t be a peep from the left about it. Weird eh?

Prime Minister John Key is to visit China this month to discuss upgrading the free trade agreement between the two countries that was signed almost eight years ago.

Mr Key will meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing but will also visit Xi’an and Shanghai. He said the FTA had been a success for both parties – “two-way trade between New Zealand and China has more than doubled, reaching almost $19 billion. An FTA upgrade would allow us to modernise the agreement and ensure it continues to drive our relationship forward.”

Last month Mr Key told the Platinum Primary Producers annual conference in Wellington that the renegotiation of the agreement was a “massive opportunity”.

New Zealand is expected to focus on the removal of special safeguards that were put in place by China against New Zealand agricultural products, safeguards that were not included under the Australia-China free trade agreement which is a year old.

This is, of course, the agreement that was negotiated by the Helen Clark government. Negotiated in ‘secret’. Signed without any public consultation and passed into law without getting parliament to debate its merits in detail.  

Mr Key also said that NZ was keen to get access to China for chilled products. The Meat Industry Association has said gaining access for chilled meat exports would open up an “enormous” potential market for the country’s $6.83 billion meat export industry.

Mr Key’s trip will also see him address students at Tsinghua University, meet Chinese business leaders and attend the launch of the New Zealand Film Festival in Shanghai.

He’ll be accompanied by Trade Minister Todd McClay and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy for the visit, which takes place between April 17-22.

Weird how one trade agreement, negotiated by Labour, isn’t worthy of nationwide protests, and yet another, negotiated by National, is the end of civilisation as we know it.

Except, of course, Labour can’t ever be consistent. They love the Chine FTA until China come here to buy a farm or invest in our housing market. Then, suddenly, they don’t believe in the contract Helen Clark signed with the Chinese.

Labour are truly doomed. They run against their own policies constantly. How is the public to know what they stand for if all they stand for is “whatever it takes to hurt John Key”?

 

– Newshub


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