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China FTA will be comprehensive: Downer
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer says Australia does not want to disrupt investment plans in the automotive and clothing industries through its free trade negotiations with China.
East Asia FTA can be done in 10 years, says Ong
A free trade agreement (FTA) between Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) and China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and India (East Asia FTA) is possible in the next 10 years, Asean secretary-general, Ong Keng Yong, said Tuesday.
Australian cabinet split over free trade negotiations with China
Free trade negotiations between China and Australia are sensitive for both countries, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said amid reports the cabinet is split over whether to abandon tariffs protecting Australia’s clothing and motor vehicle industries.
Vaile floats idea of Asian FTA
Australia could join an Asia-wide free trade bloc or create its own deal with other free-trading nations across the globe. Trade Minister Mark Vaile has floated at least two options for Australia if the current round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations collapse.
Australian Companies Urged To Use M’sia As Regional Hub
Australian companies have been urged to use Malaysia as a regional hub for their businesses, taking advantage of the free trade agreements (FTAs) that Malaysia had signed with several countries.
Downer upbeat on Japan FTA talks
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer ended a Tokyo visit yesterday confident that negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, the most lucrative bilateral deal available to Australia, can start next year.
Australia, Japan hope to start FTA talks
Visiting Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer expressed hope that Canberra could enter into official negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan next year by concluding the ongoing feasibility study at an early date, Japanese officials said.
Japan trade deal ’bigger than China’
A free trade deal between Australia and Japan could be a multi-billion dollar bonanza for both countries, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has suggested.
Malaysia and Australia set to enter new era with FTA
Economic relations between Malaysia and Australia are set to enter a new era when the two countries conclude a free trade agreement (FTA).
Academics branded ’anti-US over FTA research’
The head of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra says there has been an attempt to silence academics who are making critical comments about issues of public importance.
Bilateral deals ’mock’ Doha
The Doha round of world trade talks may have collapsed in Geneva last week — denying the world’s developing countries their promised access to global markets — but leading trade expert Jagdish Bhagwati remains optimistic about the cause of multilateral trade liberalisation.
Steel boss sounds alarm on China FTA
The head of Australia’s biggest steel maker, BlueScope Steel, has questioned the value of a free-trade deal with China and urged the Federal Government to even up tariffs on steel traded between the countries.
Australia-Japan trade study to end in Dec.
A feasibility study examining a possible free trade deal between Australia and Japan will be finished by December, possibly allowing negotiations to begin in early 2007, the trade minister said Frida
Aussie envoy: FTA will stir interest in Malaysia
An agreement to liberalise trade of goods and services between Malaysia and Australia will help attract more Australian firms to invest in and trade with Malaysia.
FTA threatens blood supply: study
The safety of the Australian blood supply could be jeopardised under the free trade agreement with the United States, researchers have warned.
Canberra quenches Beijing’s energy thirst
No other country today appears to be more important in Australia’s diplomatic and political calculations than China, at least for commercial purposes.
Howard trade trip signals closer ties
Australian Prime Minister John Howard will pay a two-day visit to China from today to promote gas exports and plans for a free-trade deal with the booming, energy-famished economy.
Leaders optimistic on Sino-Australian FTA talks
Both the Chinese premier and the Australian prime minister have expressed their hopes of accelerating talks on a free-trade agreement yesterday in the southern city.
China trade plan wins few friends
Fewer than a quarter of Australian manufacturing companies support a free trade agreement with China, according a survey by the Australian Industry Group.
Crisis to worsen under FTA: union
The crisis in the automotive components sector will continue to worsen as long as the Federal Government permits unfair international competition and refuses to implement a strategic industry policy.