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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
Beijing, 7 June: China and New Zealand have agreed to establish a free trade area as soon as possible, China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement Tuesday [7 June]. Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai and New Zealand Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton reached the consensus following the first meeting of the China-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission in Beijing Monday.
Bo Xilai said China hopes the FTA talks with New Zealand will succeed. "We should give full consideration to mutual concerns, set a …