NZ-China PTA

The Australiasian noodle bowl is heating up! China has signed a bilateral PTA with an OECD member.

New Zealand signed a comprehensive trade agreement with China on Monday, the first developed nation to seal such a deal with the world’s largest developing economy.

Helen Clark, New Zealand’s prime minister, and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, attended a signing ceremony in Beijing to mark the agreement, completed after three years and more than 15 rounds of negotiations.

Phil Goff, New Zealand’s trade minister, has claimed China’s maiden trade agreement with a developed nation as a coup for his country and a potential framework for others.

“Just about every country in the world wants a trade agreement with China. New Zealand was important because we set the basis for the future negotiations and we have tried to come up with a high quality and comprehensive deal,” he said.