China, New Zealand, and the Complexities of Globalization

Asymmetry, Complementarity, and Competition

  • Tim Beal
  • Yuanfei Kang

About this book


The book examines the expansion of investment and trade between China and New Zealand, and its changing composition within the political framework, especially the 2008 Free Trade Agreement. Particular attention is paid to China’s volatile agrifood market, where New Zealand dairy products play an important role for both countries. The New Zealand-China economic relationship – asymmetrical and complementary, but with increasing competition from domestic production – is a case study of the complexities of globalization and the interplay of economic imperatives, political pressures and cultural factors. China is now New Zealand’s main economic partner and a major source of migrants, tourists and students. This proposed study on how New Zealand and China manage their grave dissimilarities and disparities in growing, ever close economic ties will be of interest to academics, policy analysts, economic/trade decision makers, and business practitioners.


Trade FDI FTA Globalization Geopolitics

Authors and affiliations

  • Tim Beal
    • 1
  • Yuanfei Kang
    • 2
  1. 1.Retired; formerly School of Marketing and International BusinessVictoria University of WellingtonFeatherstonNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of ManagementMassey University School of ManagementAucklandNew Zealand

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