Articles tagged free trade

A visiting expert on Chinese foreign policy says the country’s growing presence on the world stage comes with risks to the international order - but believes containment is not the right response, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

The UK’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Jonathan Sinclair is heading back to London after three years in the role. Sinclair spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the “adult” relationship between the two countries and what Brexit means for our existing ties.

The second release by WikiLeaks of leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement talks put the spotlight on the potential of an agreement to influence New Zealand financial and monetary policy - although both Finance Minister Bill English and Labour spokesman David Parker were sceptical about whether the deal would affect either monetary or prudential policy.

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Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf acknowledged to parliamentarians that New Zealand's tradeable sector had caught up little to the non-tradeable sector in recent years, but that New Zealand's 4% plus current account deficit was "not unsustainable." When queried on whether it was actually sustainable, Makhlouf was cautious.

Nathan Guy said the first of two reports on the Fonterra botulism scare had been delivered and would be released before Christmas, MPI and MFAT announced beef and sheep meat exporters had won access to the Peruvian market and Winston Peters' attacked the Government's decision not to pay Learning Media's landlord while also paying at least some of its debts to Westpac.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement negotiations were challenging, Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf told parliamentarians on Wednesday, but a successful agreement could be "transformative for global trade" if it were attractive enough for China to want to join.