Tag: ASEAN

Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike

Article – Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed … Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike Scoop Video+Audio+Photos By Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed that he could not talk further about it because it was before the courts. He then moved on to describe his recent trip to Cambodia attending a meeting of TPP Leaders chaired by Barack Obama. He spoke about the significance of New Zealand’s trade relationships with Asia, in particular with Australia and China which would, he stated, ensure the continued development of the country’s economy through the tough economic times ahead. He said that the growth outlook for Europe’s economies was “anaemic” and the US would be grappling with the so-called “fiscal cliff” at least for the immediate future and so New Zealand should look to its own opportunities in the Asian region. He said last week’s meeting with TPP Leaders would add...

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Powerplays: TPPA v ASEAN-plus-six FTA

The super-power contest is heating up. Negotiations for a competing mega-FTA between 10 ASEAN countries and China, India, Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have just been launched. China is in and the US is not! NZ wants to keep a foot in each camp. Trade Minister Tim Groser is putting his eggs in the TPPA basket, but states ‘if TPP were to start to weaken, and we will fight that as hard as we can, my theory would be that [the ASEAN+6] FTA will help us’. China, which it is hosting APEC in 2014, will have different...

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