Isn’t this great?
From this morning’s NZ Herald
New Zealand remains on track to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with China by April 2008 – making it the first developed country to do so -Prime Minister Helen Clark says.
Helen Clark and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held a 45 minute bilateral meeting late last night (NZT), ahead of a major summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in the Philippines city of Cebu today.
After the talks Helen Clark said both she and Mr Wen believed an FTA could be completed before April 2008.
“They would like to see agreement reached by April 2008 and I said that given that it is in both our interests both of us the sooner the better,” she said.
Well, on second thoughts…
On December 27, before a meeting of Chinese Communist Party officials of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), Party Chairman, Chinese President, and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Military Commission Chairman Hu Jintao stated, “We should strive to build a powerful navy that adapts to the needs of our military’s historical mission in this new century and at this new stage…We should make sound preparations for military struggles and ensure that the forces can effectively carry out missions at any time.”