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PM to talk trade with Shinzo Abe

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017

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Prime Minister Bill English will soon be on his way to Japan for talks with his counterpart Shinzo Abe, with trade and the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership high on the agenda.

Mr English leaves on Tuesday, leading a delegation of business representatives.

"Given that Japan is the world's third largest economy and an important trading partner, this is a priority trip for this government," Mr English said.

"Japan was the first country to ratify the TPP, and I'm delighted that New Zealand has become the second country to ratify it, as announced last week."

Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill English in Brussels, Belgium - 12 Jan 2017 Bill English © Rex Images Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill English in Brussels, Belgium - 12 Jan 2017 Bill English The two countries have ratified the TPP although the free trade agreement has to be re-negotiated because President Donald Trump pulled the US out of it.

"The decision sends a clear message that we, like the Japanese, see continuing value in the agreement," Mr English said.

There are 11 Pacific rim nations still in the TPP.

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