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New Zealand and China plan to renegotiate free trade deal

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from Maori elder Professor Piri Sciascia at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, receives a hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from Maori elder Professor Piri Sciascia at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, centre, walks with Maori elder Professor Piri Sciascia, right, at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on a three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, centre, walks with Maori elder Professor Piri Sciascia, right, at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on a three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, walks with his wife Cheng Hong, left, as they arrive for an official welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, walks with his wife Cheng Hong, left, as they arrive for an official welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, March 27, 2017. Li is on three-day visit to New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)  (The Associated Press)

New Zealand and China say they plan to renegotiate their 9-year-old free trade deal.

The countries made the announcement Monday during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said the deal had been a huge success and resulted in trade between the countries tripling. He said an upgrade to the agreement would help expand trade further and that talks would begin next month.

Li also praised the deal, saying it was the first that China had signed with a developed nation and remained the most advanced.

New Zealand hopes that a renegotiated agreement would allow it to sell more dairy products to China. And China would like to erase a small trade deficit it runs with New Zealand by selling more of its products.