Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Caution Needed Over Chinese Trade

Caution Needed Over Chinese Trade

Wednesday 3 Mar 2004 Ken Shirley Press Releases -- Foreign Affairs & Defence

While trade with the People's Republic of China is important and should be fostered, it would be a mistake for New Zealand to be the first and only country in the world to formally recognise PRC's status as a market economy, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs and Trade Spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

"The PRC politburo are clearly playing a shrewd game with Prime Minister Helen Clark, and want to use New Zealand endorsement as a bargaining chip against WTO pressures to wind back the anti-dumping protocols they are under pressure to comply with," Mr Shirley said.

"It is ironic that Helen Clark's Government invoked multi-lateralism as a reason to oppose intervention against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and yet is prepared to engage in a unilateral act to recognise the Communist regime of PRC as an open market economy.

"Having blown our prospects of joining Australia in a Free Trade Agreement with the US, Miss Clark is desperate to get some runs on the board.

"While it is true that PRC is advancing spectacularly towards a more open economy, it still has a long way to go. As a single party Communist state that suppresses dissension and persecutes those who oppose the central regime, PRC does not meet the standard required for formal recognition as a market economy.

"Freedom and choice are the principles that underpin market economies - PRC falls well short of that mark," Mr Shirley said.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government
More Open

It’s true that New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness... Those findings are all important, and welcome. But we cannot ignore the fact that there are still serious problems.

For a start, those international surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>


In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>


Visions: National Party Conference

National Party leader Bill English today outlined his vision to take New Zealand into the 2020s and his key priorities for the next Parliamentary term – including further raising incomes and reducing taxes. More>>


Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>


Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog