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India’s China loophole concerns fuel Asean free trade deal rethink
New Delhi’s review of zero-duty tariffs under its trade pact with Asean comes amid domestic concerns about cheap Chinese imports.
Papua New Guinea seeks free trade talks with Japan, PM says
Japan and Papua New Guinea have discussed the path toward a potential free trade agreement, PNG Prime Minister James Marape said.
China, Switzerland to start talks for FTA upgrade ASAP
China and Switzerland signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to officially start negotiations for the upgrade of the Sino-Swiss free trade agreement as soon as possible, according to Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
China-Serbia free trade agreement to take effect on July 1
The free trade agreement between China and Serbia will go into effect on July 1 as both countries have completed respective domestic approval processes.
China, Peru completed ’substantial negotiations’ to upgrade FTA
China and Peru have achieved "substantial conclusion of negotiations" on the upgrading of a free trade agreement between both countries.
3-way FTA talks back on agenda
After a hiatus of over four years, negotiations for the China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Agreement have returned to the table, with the focus on a higher level of liberalization that goes beyond the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, particularly in areas such as automobiles and key components, analysts said.
EFTA signs revised free trade agreement with Chile
The revised agreement with Chile was signed at a ministerial meeting of EFTA states (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway) in Geneva.
Commerce ministry meeting on FTA with China on Tuesday
Dhaka and Beijing have already handed over draft joint feasibility-study reports on each other on the FTA between them.
China, New Zealand agree to start trade talks
China and New Zealand agreed to commence trade in services negotiations based on a negative list approach, as part of efforts to enhance their comprehensive strategic partnership.
China eyes Bahrain for free-trade deal; visa waivers possible
China is exploring the possibility of signing a separate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Bahrain while continuing its efforts to finalise a comprehensive FTA with the entire Gulf Cooperation Council.
Trade agreements: How African states are resisting pressure from the North but not managing to assert their priorities
African countries are regularly offered Free Trade Agreements by the world’s major economic powers. The balance of power is so unequal that they seem forever condemned to be the big losers.
Bangladesh wants to start negotiations with China for FTA: Titu
The government wants to start formal negotiation for the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with China as the joint feasibility study is complete for the trade deal, State Minister for Commerce Ahasanul Islam Titu said.
China suspends tariff concessions on 134 items under Taiwan trade deal
China will reinstate tariffs on 134 items it imports from Taiwan next month after the Ministry of Finance said it would suspend concessions given on the items under a trade deal because Taiwan had not reciprocated.
China, Japan and South Korea to revive FTA talks
Japan, South Korea and China held their first joint summit in more than four years on Monday, seeking deeper commercial ties to bolster their economies, including by aiming for progress in stalled negotiations toward a free trade agreement (FTA), but with Seoul and Tokyo also using the occasion to criticize North Korea over a planned satellite launch.
RCEP members encouraged to harmonize rules
Members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership can further improve the alignment of operational guidelines across key sectors such as competition policy and trade in services to elevate mutual openness, said trade experts and foreign scholars on Sunday.
China-Gulf free trade talks stall on Saudi industrial agenda, sources say
Negotiations between China and an Arab bloc for a free trade agreement have stalled over concerns by Saudi Arabia that cheap Chinese imports could undermine its ambitions to transform the kingdom into an industrial powerhouse.
China-Serbia free trade deal to take effect in July
President Xi Jinping said that a free trade agreement between China and Serbia will take effect on July 1.
Aspects of NZ-China FTA up for renegotiation
New Zealand is set to begin renegotiating its free trade agreement with China, focusing on further liberalizing services trade. While seeking deeper trade ties with China, New Zealand also aims to maintain security partnerships with traditional allies like Australia and the US.
Blow to China’s bid to join trade pact
The Productivity Commission has concluded that letting China into the trans-Pacific free trade pact would deliver negligible economic benefit for Australia, a finding that won’t help Beijing’s bid to join the club.
China-Ecuador free trade agreement effective from May 1: MOFCOM
The free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Ecuador will be effective from May 1, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Monday, aiming to further unleash the potential of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.