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WELLINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) -- They may only be three, but the trio of athletes will be the largest gymnastics team New Zealand has sent to the Olympics in more than 50 years.

The contingent heading to Rio would also be the first New Zealand gymnasts to compete at the Olympics since the Sydney 2000 games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

Courtney McGregor, Mikhail Koudinov and Dylan Schmidt were all first-time Olympians and the first New Zealand trio to compete in three different gymnastics disciplines at an Olympic Games, and to qualify directly through the international quota system, at the recent Rio Olympic Games test events.

McGregor, 18, and Koudinov, 24, would represent New Zealand in the women's and men's artistic gymnastics discipline respectively, while Schmidt, 19, was New Zealand's first ever trampoline athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.

Tony Compier, head of the sport's representative body GymSports New Zealand, said it was largest number of New Zealand gymnasts selected to an Olympic Team since Tokyo 1964.

"It is also the first time that athletes from three different disciplines have qualified directly through the international qualification system," Compier said in a statement.

"This means that not only have these athletes qualified by merit, but all three have made a strong case for targeting an Olympic diploma (top eight placing) in Rio."

WASHINGTON Off White Fragment Jordan 1 For Sale , Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- "America First," the starting point of the Trump administration's trade policies, might prove to be the biggest hurdle of free trade deals yet, best epitomized by the first round of talks to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico kicked off negotiations to update the 23-year-old trade treaty on Aug. 16, and announced an ambitiously fast-paced negotiation schedule on Sunday after five days of closed-door talks.

Although a joint statement said the three countries were "committed to an accelerated negotiation process to upgrade the agreement Off White Jordan 1 The Ten For Sale ," trade experts viewed that it still will take time and efforts to bridge deep differences between the United States and its North American neighbors.


The renegotiation comes as a pillar of President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda, which aims to reverse America's huge trade deficit and curb the outflow of America's manufacturing jobs.

U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer has said that realizing free and fair trade between the three countries is the main goal in renegotiations, however, it is obvious that the United States cares more about fair trade rather than free trade, analysts said. "We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement ," Lighthizer said in his opening remarks of the first round negotiation, indicating that NAFTA has encouraged many manufacturers to move to low-wage Mexico, which made at least 700,000 Americans lost their jobs.

While Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo made clear that they view the free trade deal as a success and only want to see it modernized and improved, not weighed down with unreasonable goals.

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Trade experts and economists pointed out that America's trade deficit could never be reduced by a so-called fairer trade treaty, the Trump administration insisted the issue be included in the talks.

"America First" strategy, which is seen as "Mexico second," could be counterproductive in free trade talks, said U.S. news outlet Politico.


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The trilateral trading bloc in North America, came into force on Jan. 1, 1994, has greatly benefited the region's economy and citizens by eliminating almost all the tariffs between the three countries.

Since 1994, trade volume between the United States Jordan 1 Off White For Sale , Mexico and Canada has more than tripled, reaching around 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016 and forming the bloc with a combined Gross Domestic Product of about 20 trillion dollars.

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For a successful deal, "it has to work for all parties involved.Otherwise, it is not a deal," said Guajardo.


Worried that the "America First" strategy might derail current trade flows, the U.S. business community has warned that the Trump administration should "do no harm."

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Apart from the renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trump administration also planned to revamp the bilateral trade deal with South Korea, and launched investigations into China's intellectual property practices.

The underlying mindset of "America First" might render all these trade initiatives fruitless, Bergsten said.

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