New Zealand-China FTA negotiations: joint statement
The President of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao and Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark today announced
that China and New Zealand will commence negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible.
The announcement came after the two leaders released a joint study on the feasibility of a New Zealand – China FTA. The
study concluded that, given the complementarities between China and New Zealand, an FTA was feasible and that it would
benefit the people and economies of both countries. The likely net benefits of an FTA has been confirmed by the economic
modelling work undertaken during the course of the study.
The study follows the signing of a Trade and Economic Cooperation Framework between China and New Zealand in May this
year. In the Framework New Zealand became the first developed country in the world to recognise China as a market
While the study demonstrated that an FTA would benefit both countries, it also identifies concerns about possible
adjustment implications for some producers, and recommends that these impacts be taken into account in negotiations.
In releasing the study and announcing the negotiations on an FTA to start as soon as possible, President Hu and Prime
Minister Clark stressed the importance of the FTA advancing APEC goals, being consistent with WTO rules, and reinforcing
the two Governments’ commitment to sustainable development.