This could have been a New Zealander talking:
One of the best ways we can grow market access . . . is by enforcement. In this challenging economic climate, trading partners must play by the rules if we are going to revive our economy as a global community.
But it wasn’t. It was former Dallas Mayor, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk .
He was talking about US meat exports and is very keen on free trade if his first major policy speech, delivered last month, is anything to go by:
“Now is the time to revive global trade and to lay the groundwork for an even more robust, more open trading system in future decades,”
. . . While some may doubt the virtue of free trade, Kirk said that more rigorous U.S. trade enforcement will ensure that other nations honor their commitments. “We will use all the tools in USTR’s toolbox to go after those trade barriers,” he said. “Stepping up trade enforcement is about opening up markets, not closing them down.”
He needs to talk to President Obama because free trade is a two way street.
It’s no use having the Trade Representative talking about how important it is for other countries to play by the free trade rules for its meat when the USA has just broken those rules by subsidising its dairy exports.