Another step to building a modern economy – but an upgraded FTA with China would be welcome, too

Trade and  Export  Growth Minister  David  Parker  returned   to  NZ   on  Saturday  after  what his  PR  flaks   described  as  a  “successful”  official  visit to  China.

So  Point of Order  went  looking  for  the  success.  And yes, he has had  talks with his  ministerial  counterparts  in the trade and  environment  portfolios.

This, according to the press release issued in his name, constituted  “ yet another step  in this government’s  work to  deliver a  modern, sustainable economy  for   New Zealanders”.  

Wow. And no doubt our wellbeing will be lifted, too. Continue reading “Another step to building a modern economy – but an upgraded FTA with China would be welcome, too”

PM’s China visit will show us if there are political benefits in a global halo

Prime  Minister  Jacinda Ardern’s  mission  to  Beijing is  crucial   for  the  relationship  between  the two  countries,  not  just because it  could give a vital  nudge  to the negotiation  of a  revamped  free trade agreement.

But it  will  offer  an  insight into   whether the global halo  effect on  Ardern   as a  consequence of  her  actions in the wake of the appalling  Christchurch massacre  translates  into  a  solid   political  influence.

Even though  she has had  to pare  back  the mission, eliminating  visits to  two other Chinese  cities,   she  is still due to  meet  President  Xi  Jinping  and Premier  Li  Keqiang,  (and she will  open  the  new  complex housing the  NZ embassy). Continue reading “PM’s China visit will show us if there are political benefits in a global halo”