New Zealand has long sought a free trade deal with the United States but political issues such as New Zealand’s anti-nuclear status have meant that efforts up until the late 2000s had failed. Negotiations were scheduled to get underway in March 2009 for a possible free trade deal between the United States, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Singapore, Australia, Peru and Vietnam but the 2008 change of government in the United States saw talks postponed. In November 2009 negotiations resumed with a possible deal between the eight countries being concluded by 2011.
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