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China To Push For Australia, NZ Trade Deal Upgrades

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

10 April 2017

China is considering potential improvements to its free trade deals with New Zealand and Australia, following a number of meetings, it has been confirmed.

Sun Jiwen, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), told journalists recently that a review of the deal between Australia and China would now begin, with a view to launching bilateral negotiations at the right time.

In late March it was announced that New Zealand and China will begin talks on April 25 towards enhancing their existing free trade agreement. The announcement from New Zealand's Finance Minister, Bill English, followed talks between the Prime Minister and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Wellington on March 27.

TAGS: investment | free trade agreement (FTA) | export duty | Australia | China | New Zealand | import duty | trade | services

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