I extend sincere congratulations to New Zealand for its role in the complex 12-nation negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement concluded in October.
I would also like to take this occasion to reiterate Taiwan’s interest in joining the trade bloc. …
The two countries already have strong foundations in merchandise and services trade.
New Zealand’s fruit and nut products are popular with Taiwanese consumers and its butter, dairy, meat and fruit command large market shares here.
Meanwhile, demand for services continues to grow here.
By supporting Taiwan’s inclusion in the TPP, New Zealand would not only create business opportunities for itself but also support the two countries’ common desire for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.
So as more and more countries line up to join the TPP, the opposition in NZ still maintain we should not be part of it!