New Zealand’s "first-mover" advantage with China will be put to the test in coming months as other countries try to jump the queue and open free-trade negotiations with the world’s most populous nation.
The Agriculture Ministry will soon require selected lots of apples and pears from China to pass mandatory tests for chemical residues, pests, micro-organisms and heavy metals before they can enter the country.
China is to sign a trade and economic cooperation pact with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Whatever the risks for New Zealand in a free-trade agreement with China, it would be hard to justify letting the opportunity to explore that possibility slip by.
The government said on Thursday that Indonesian exports to China could
double in three years following the gradual implementation of a free
trade agreement (FTA).
The Cancun round of WTO negotiations in Mexico last year ended in disarray, prompting countries to seek other means of freeing up trade.
China’s Commerce Minister has described the first formal step towards a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand as a historic moment for his country.
China and Chile, the world’s largest copper consumer and supplier respectively, signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint commission on mining, which paves the way for more Chinese miners to explore the lucrative mining market in the South American nation, said a visiting Chilean official.
A free trade agreement with China is an insurance policy against the collapse of World Trade Organisation talks, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
Australia and China have agreed to accelerate overtures that could lead to a free-trade agreement, after talks between Trade Minister Mark Vaile and top-ranking Chinese ministers in Beijing.
China should become the focal point of an East Asian free trade zone to rival other blocks such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Area (Nafta), a leading academic claims.
Negotiations on the establishment of a free trade area (FTA) between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are now expected to be concluded soon.
Chile said Wednesday it wants to improve ties with China in the hope of eventually signing a free trade agreement and has set a date with Beijing for preliminary talks.
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu and Chilean Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear declared Friday that their countries will soon launch a feasibility study on a free trade agreement (FTA) between them.
Dairy, meat and forestry exporters stand to gain the most if the government cuts a free trade deal with China and its market of 1.3 billion people.
Talks on a free trade agreement between Australia and China are moving faster than was anticipated, foreign minister Alexander Downer said today.
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