Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 49 comments
Categories: China, Globalisation, john key, making shit up, Minister for International Embarrassment, slippery, spin, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: lies, Todd mcclay
Yesterday this was the story:
Speaking shortly after his arrival in Indonesia for a three-day trade trip, Key sought to pour cold water on the idea of any Chinese retaliation.
While he could not confirm whether MBIE had received a complaint about steel dumping, due to the confidentiality of the complaints regime, the Government had received “no indications” of Chinese concerns about possible anti-dumping duties, or potential retribution.
“Even if there was a complaint, and even if it was investigated, whether a country like China would take retaliatory action against New Zealand, I don’t believe that’s the case that they would.
“There’ll be lots and lots of ways of them looking to resolve issues if there were any, but it wouldn’t be through the sort of things that we’ve seen reported.”
Key said there was no “substantiated source” confirming that China would take action against New Zealand exports, only speculation.
In a major backdown, the Government confirms it was told a Chinese industry body had approached a New Zealand exporter, venting anger over a complaint against alleged steel dumping practices.
But Trade Minister Todd McClay says Mofcom – China’s trade ministry equivalent – has denied any knowledge that an approach occurred.
His comments come after government insistence that claims of trade reprisals from a steel dumping complaint against China imports were unfounded.
That was despite trade officials being warned about Chinese anger by a key exporter, Zespri.
We really are in a new post truth age.