The Japanese news service, Nikkei, was last night suggesting that New Zealand was ready to make concessions in the TPP talks on its bid to gain greater access for dairy produicts to Japan and the United States.

Nikkei correspondent Takashi Nakano said New Zealand said had significantly softened its stance on market access for dairy products.

“Up until now, the country had been calling for lower barriers for its dairy products,” he said.

“By Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was saying the TPP would greatly benefit his country even if he couldn’t gain more progress on the issue.

“New Zealand had long gotten nowhere in negotiations with the U.S. on the issue.

“But observers expect New Zealand to offer a compromise and for the U.S. to eventually also make concessions.” 

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