Stuff.co.nz Dated: 21/2/2011
Trade-offs in US trade deal says Key
Prime Minister John Key has warned that New Zealanders may have to swallow some difficult trade-offs as the price of a trade deal encompassing the United States.
His comments were made at the start of the New Zealand-US Partnership forum bringing together New Zealand and US politicians, officials and business people for two days in Christchurch.
The forum, now into it’s fourth year, is the backdrop for the release of a major new study on New Zealand-US relations, carried out by Washington think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies in conjunction with New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.
The study recommends steps to achieve greater cooperation between the two countries in areas including climate change, the creation of a joint centre of excellence for science and technology projects, stronger educational and research ties, modifying visa schemes to reduce travel barriers and working together on nuclear non-proliferation initiatives……
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was due to address the forum but cancelled after a customs officer was shot.