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As Great Britain disconnects from Europe it turns back to the Commonwealth

New Zealand, 2006

 

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay … has been at the first Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting in London, where he had a bilateral meeting with British Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox and Minister for Trade Policy Lord Price.

Mr McClay has released a video in the wake of the meeting and tweeted “pleased to confirm with @LiamFoxMP NZ along with Australia will be first counties to get FTA with UK following Brexit”. Read more »

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While the EU is falling apart, we want a free trade agreement with them

Trade Minister Todd McClay and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmstr?m have agreed the completion of joint scoping discussions towards an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) following a meeting in Brussels today.

After almost 2 years of discussion, reaching this significant milestone means the FTA process now enters a new phase, where the Commission and New Zealand will seek respective mandates to commence negotiations.

“Today?s meeting was an important demonstration of our commitment to launch negotiations as soon as possible in 2017,” Mr McClay says.

“New Zealand and the EU both recognise there are substantial benefits to be gained from free trade, and we are now one step closer to a high-quality, comprehensive FTA that can deliver great outcomes for our citizens.” Read more »

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English open to a FTA with Mexico, including the Bad Hombres

Seems Kumara Bill isn’t worried about the Bad Hombres in Mexico. ?Nor will he let the new wall get in the way of a trade deal.

A bilateral agreement with Mexico could be on the cards if a multi-nation deal can’t be done to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prime Minister Bill English has appeared open to discussing a bilateral agreement with Mexico after it was raised by the nation this week. Read more »

The veracity of Chinese steel dumping and trade threats

Depending on who you listen to, the whole Chinese steel issue is one big beat-up, or it is an area of true concern.

The Government’s sensitivity over the relationship with China was? evident yesterday as Ministers retreated into no comments over allegations that China was threatening trade reprisals on New Zealand.

The threats emerged in the “Sunday Star Times” which claimed that highly-placed sources confirmed China was applying pressure in an attempt?to sway regulators at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Trade (MBIE) away from?imposing?anti-dumping or countervailing duties on cheap imported Chinese steel.

The paper also quoted ?unscreened? comments from China?s Ambassador to New Zealand, Wang Lutong?who said there was no issue with the imported steel quality?but the embassy had been discussing the industry’s concerns with New Zealand authorities.

Questions to MBIE Minister Steven Joyce on the issue were referred to Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith, who would not confirm or deny whether a complaint from China had been received.

It has been clear since Whaleoil broke this story on Saturday that people at all levels are trying to hose this one down, but rather unsuccessfully.

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No rest for ?Working for New Zealand? Key as he preps for FTA talks with India

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The left mocked National’s slogan during the election. ?Yet it has turned out to be the most accurate and delivered-on political promise in recent history.

Pushing a Free Trade Agreement will be top of the agenda when the Indian President makes his first trip to New Zealand this weekend.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee and his delegation will arrive in Auckland on Saturday for a number of events, including talks with Prime Minister John Key.

Mr Key says the visit will be a good opportunity to continue to talk trade and to “discuss where we’re going”.

“India has demographics very similar to China,” he says. Read more »

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John Key pleases at least one voter

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Whaleoil stalwart Aucky wrote

I’m enjoying JK’s trip to China.

The Panama Papers have blown up in Little’s face.

The sniggers regarding Jack Ma’s presence at the PM’s reception have suddenly died away as Jack Ma announces that Ali Baba will be holding a New Zealand Month promotion on Ali Baba featuring NZ products. Read more »

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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. ? Read more »

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From the Archives: What did Little say about Chinese chefs in the past?

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Key delivers One-Two punch to the left: EU Free Trade Talks have started

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Before the TPP Luddites can?get off the canvas, the Government announces more Free Trade negotiations, this time with the European Union.

The agreement to launch talks was announced in Brussels on Thursday after Prime Minister John Key met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. Read more »

Trotter has gone Deep retard. Never go Deep retard

Someone should have a sit-down with Chris and tell him to stop thinking so hard

IT IS NOW CLEAR that Helen Clark’s Trans-Pacific Partnership advocacy in New York was just the beginning. The opening move in a chess game that will end with the Labour Party knocking over its King and returning to the bi-partisan fold on the issue of Free Trade. To achieve this turnaround will require the mobilisation of all of the non-elected elements of the New Zealand political system.

Applying the maximum of public pressure to Labour will be the responsibility of the news media and the numerous business lobby groups. Behind the scenes, however, Labour MPs will find themselves on the receiving end of one-on-one briefings from old friends and colleagues (senior civil servants, leading academics) “deeply concerned” that Labour has positioned itself in the wrong place, on the wrong issue.

These “old friends” of the Labour Party will warn Caucus members that their failure to support the TPP will only end up driving Labour further and further to the Left. Just as they were beginning to make up much-needed ground, the party will spurn Middle New Zealand for the tin-foil-hat-wearing brigade. Not only will this render Labour unelectable, but it will also serve as an invitation for the news media to start casting about for a Caucus member who’s prepared to act in a more responsible fashion.

That such individuals exist within Labour’s caucus is indisputable. That money and resources will, very swiftly, begin flowing in the direction of these TPP supporters is equally certain. Metaphorical megaphones will also be handed to TPP supporters within the wider labour movement. Expect to see them popping-up again and again on radio and television.

It gets better. ?? Read more »

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