After sending a trade bloc warning to the United Kingdom, New Zealand’s Ardern courted Joe Biden.


After sending a trade bloc warning to the United Kingdom, New Zealand’s Ardern courted Joe Biden.

JACINDA Ardern spoke with US President Joe Biden after New Zealand’s Prime Minister threatened to expel the United Kingdom from a major trading bloc.

On Friday morning, Ms Ardern met with President Trump ahead of hosting an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference on Covid recovery. It comes after New Zealand’s Prime Minister appeared to make a warning in a speech on Wednesday over the United Kingdom’s ambitions to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The phone contact between Ms Ardern and Mr Biden is the first between the two leaders since Mr Biden’s election.

In a teleconference prior of the meeting, New Zealand’s Prime Minister emphasized the necessity of the 21-member APEC group working together to find a way out of the pandemic.

“The US and New Zealand share many common values and objectives, including a commitment to an open and rules-based Indo-Pacific,” she said afterwards.

“I stressed the significance of bolstering the region’s economic architecture post-Covid in order to promote increased trade and investment,” she said.

The US President will utilize the forum, according to a senior Biden administration official, to emphasize his commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“As one of the first opportunities he will have to engage with many of these leaders, he will make clear that the United States has an enduring commitment to the region,” the official said.

“He will present a vision for the region based on our shared values.”

Ms Ardern’s phone contact with Mr Biden comes after she appeared to offer a warning about Britain’s CPTPP membership bid.

Boris Johnson has prioritized joining the trading bloc, which includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, in his post-Brexit vision for the UK.

“Last month, we joined consensus on the formation of a working group to negotiate the UK’s accession to CPTPP,” Ms Ardern said in her speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

“Other economies will be allowed to participate in the CPTPP as well.

“Our greatest quality deal is the CPTPP.

“Those interested in joining must be able to meet the organization’s high standards.”

“Governments will need to re-commit to supporting an open and rules-based regional system; one that is more sustainable,” she said of international relations in the aftermath of the pandemic.”Brinkwire Summary News”.


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