United Future [of New Zealand] leader Peter Dunne thinks the signing of the Free Trade Agreement with China should be followed by one with Taiwan as well.
Helen Clark is to lead a 150-strong delegation to Beijing for the signing ceremony.
Peter Dunne – who is boycotting the trip because of the violence in Tibet – says the next step is to sign one with Taiwan, given the potential benefits. He says Taiwan is a major trading partner with New Zealand, and as it is also a member of the World Trade Organisation there should be a logic to exploring a deal with the Taiwanese as well.
Despite China’s turbulent relationship with Taiwan, Mr Dunne doubts the Chinese would oppose the deal.