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TPP, security focus on PM's Japan visit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/05/2017

Trans Pacific Partnership talks will be on the agenda when Prime Minster Bill English meets with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe next week.

Mr English will visit Japan and Hong Kong on a four-day trade mission to build on strong ties and build connections with investors.

Discussions with Mr Abe will also include food, education, sport and defence initiatives being worked on by the two countries.

"Strengthening our trade and economic links with Japan will be a focus, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Mr English said.

Japan supports proceeding with the agreement without the US after President Donald Trump withdrew support for the original 12-nation deal.

Mr English's visit to Hong Kong will including meetings with Chief Executive Cy Leung and his incoming successor, Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Trade Minister Todd McClay and business leaders including Fonterra chairman John Wilson, New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew and Asia NZ Foundation executive director Simon Draper will accompany Mr English on the trip, from May 16 and 20.

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