NZ suggests cutting Japan out of Pacific trade talks
Published on Jun 20, 2014 7:17 AM
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Thursday
Japan should be cut out of Pacific trade talks if it will not open its markets to more farm imports, and he urged the Obama administration to hold firm.
Japan has been reluctant to open up agricultural markets such as pork, beef, rice and dairy, and US trade negotiators seem willing to allow the country to keep some protection for sensitive products, upsetting US farmers.
Key, who is visiting Washington, said it was essential to keep a high standard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would connect a dozen economies by cutting trade barriers and harmonizing standards in a deal covering two-fifths of the world economy and a third of global trade.
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