Free Trade Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of New Zealand

New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 5, pp. 65-90, 2008

26 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2014

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Anthony H. Angelo

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Ping Xiong

University of South Australia - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The Free Trade Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of New Zealand was signed in Beijing on 7 April 2008 in the presence of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. This was a significant event for both countries and in particular for the government of New Zealand. Both countries are parties to a number of other trade agreements but for both, this treaty represents something new. For a small country like New Zealand to have a free trade agreement with the largest country in the world, which is also one of its major trading partners, is a considerable achievement. For the People’s Republic of China too, this document has particular significance because it is its first free trade agreement with a developed country. The Agreement is marked by a remarkable mutuality and lack of conditionality.

Keywords: free trade, China

Suggested Citation

Angelo, Anthony H. and Xiong, Ping, Free Trade Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of New Zealand (2008). New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 5, pp. 65-90, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2476723

Anthony H. Angelo

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Ping Xiong (Contact Author)

University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

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