4 Nov 2019

NZ strikes deal on China free trade deal upgrade

From Checkpoint, 5:15 pm on 4 November 2019

After years of negotiations, New Zealand and China have struck a deal on the long-awaited upgrade to their free trade deal.

It includes new rules to make exporting to China cheaper and easier, the highest level of commitment to environmental standards China has made in any free trade deal, and giving the vast majority of wood and paper trade to China preferential access over the next 10 years.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement at the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, where she's just met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Alex Perrottet talks to RNZ political editor Jane Patterson.