Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


PM Press Conference – China Visit, Ukraine - 3 March 2014

PM Press Conference – China Visit, Ukraine Situation - 3 March 2014

Scoop Audio+Photos

By Jamie Neikrie

In his weekly press conference in Wellington today, Prime Minister John Key discussed his upcoming visits to China and the Netherlands, as well as the escalating situation in Ukraine.

Prime Minister John Key will be visiting China, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands. Mr Key’s travels will center on trade and economic opportunities.

Mr Key will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, focusing on agriculture, food safety, and building bilateral trade with China.

In Hong Kong, Mr Key will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, aiming to “improve the security of nuclear materials and reduce the global threat from nuclear terrorism”.

Mr Key also spoke about the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Russia and Belarus, among other countries. The New Zealand government has expressed “deep concerns” over the weekend’s events in Ukraine and has called for Russia to de-escalate the situation, which could and will disrupt New Zealand’s willingness to sign and FTA with Russia.

According to the PM, the FTA has been in the works for over 3 years. However, unless Russia can move forward in Ukraine on the basis of “dialogue and diplomacy rather than physical force,” no deal will be reached in the near future.

Other topics of discussion included David Cunliffe’s financial records and buying panda bears for the zoo.

ENDS

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

*******

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Donald Trump, And Dr Dre

For the past few months, you, me, and Rupert Murdoch have been waiting for the wheels to fall off the Trump campaign, and for some drab incarnation of business-as-usual (Jeb Bush, Scott Walker) to emerge as the real Republican standard bearer in next year’s presidential election... More>>

ALSO:

Hiroshima: 70 Years On, The Nuclear Threat Looms As Large As Ever

Rumours had been circulating in Hiroshima that the city was being saved for something special. It was. The burst of ionising radiation, blast, heat and subsequent firestorm that engulfed the city on August 6 killed 140,000 people by the end of 1945. More>>

ALSO:

#FutureOfNews: Challenge & Solution - A ''New Scoop''

The development of Scoop's new "Ethical Paywall" approach to licensing commercial use of its news content and addressing the current State of the NZ News Media and the challenges being faced news media everywhere. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: God Defend The National Anthem

Recently Labour leader Andrew Little said – deliberately, I think – that he didn't like New Zealand's national anthem and many New Zealanders preferred to sing along to the Australian one. More>>

Keith Rankin: Centenary Of The Battle For Chunuk Bair

I don't agree with the view that our national identity was forged at Gallipoli, despite the rah-rah about this in the week leading up to Anzac Day... What concerns me now, however, is our lack of respect for our own history. Why have we switched off? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Pitch Perfect

Among his other blessings, Pope Francis has been a gift to the world of marketing studies. There can be few other examples where a leader has transformed the perception of an enterprise so thoroughly, but without making any discernible change to its core principles. More>>

ALSO:

US Politics: The Democrats Try To Engage With America (Again)

Venues are being rebooked to accommodate the thousands of people coming to listen to Vermont Senator, avowed socialist, and presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders talk about the redistribution of wealth. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news