Goff warns US on TPP expectations, cuddles China

Article – BusinessDesk July 24 (BusinessDesk) – A Labour-led government would not allow the United States to dictate terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreements or allow the US to use the agreement as a pretext for containing “China’s economic advance.” Goff warns US on TPP expectations, cuddles China By Pattrick Smellie July 24 (BusinessDesk) – A Labour-led government would not allow the United States to dictate terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreements or allow the US to use the agreement as a pretext for containing “China’s economic advance.” In a significant speech to the Asia Forum in Wellington, Goff claims New Zealand Labour government heritage for the TPP initiative, which has recently attracted participation from the US, Canada, and Mexico trade bloc, otherwise known as NAFTA, along with Japan. The former leader of New Zealand’s main Opposition political party warned against choosing between relationships with China and the US, preferring “good relations with both super powers.” “New Zealand for the first time in its history finds itself in a situation where its strategic security relationships based on commonality of political values and history do not match its strategic economic interests,” said Goff. The same was true other countries in the region. “The goal of Asia-Pacific nations should be to ensure the two super-powers cooperate rather than end up in conflict.” The US should be welcomed...

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