A meeting between Japan and New Zealand’s foreign ministers attests the significance of strengthening the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP, which currently has eleven member nations, will soon welcome Japan. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, through an interpreter, expressed Japan’s commitment to agreements with Trans-Pacific Partnership. Murray McCully believes “that the Japanese decision to join in the TPP negotiations signals a new era in which we will get closer and in which relations will grow right across the board.” However, New Zealand’s foreign minister reminded that discussions with Kishida did not include any TPP details.
The ministers met in Auckland, New Zealand and have discussed issues in the Asia-Pacific region including disaster warning system and tsunami management. Both countries suffered separate earthquakes in 2011. Territorial and maritime issues were also on the table, stressing the importance of compliance to international laws and agreements. Even concerns involving North Korea did not go unnoticed. Japan and New Zealand, like the US, urge North Korea to put an end to its nuclear power and missile development programs.
Japan and New Zealand are expected to have continuous discussions and bilateral consultations regarding other issues like economic and trade development, infrastructures, and renewable energy to strengthen both nations’ relationship as well as participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
[via Global Times]