EcoCrops International reports China & New Zealand Forestry hold talks

Shane Jones was there to discuss how the two countries could encourage more business between the two countries.

Mr Jones said changes to include forestry rights in Overseas Investment Act were meant to boost international investment, but also added that New Zealand’s position had not been made clear to China.

New Zealand’s Forestry Minister said that Chinese officials had been extremely up-front and honest about the consequences of a long and drawn-out trade war with the United States of America.

Mr Jones who has made numerous trips to China in the past said:

“The officials have been tremendously candid in very public situations. They have clearly identified that as far as they are concerned, they´re in a protracted trade war.”

He went on to say:

“I´ve been to China a lot, but I was blown away by that candour in respect to an international audience. They were glad to hear us say that New Zealand abides and is very faithful to the rules of international trade, and it´s served us well. That message resonates with them.”

Officials in China were “certainly pleased to see a minister,” he said.

Mr Jones advised that the Chinese officials were very pleased that they could discuss the changes to the Overseas Investment Act in more detail, so they could better understand the changes, and how they could both help with international investment and climate change.

James Grainger of Ecocrops International expressed his concerns about a trade war between the USA and China.

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