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China set to expand free trade network
China will step up efforts to expand its free trade area network with trading partners across the world to enlarge its “circle of friends”, while eliminating more tariffs on goods and broadening market access for services trade and investment, according to commerce minister Wang Wentao.
Portugal aims to seal EU-Mercosur trade agreement, progress on other deals
Portugal will try to conclude a free-trade agreement between the EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur during its six-month EU presidency, and attempt to expand Europe’s ties with other potential trade partners.
India self-isolates as China’s economic might enfeebles West
Not only has India failed to agree on its own trade and investment deal with the EU, the country has failed to capture any significant share of China-based global supply chains.
China-Mauritius FTA goes into effect. But who benefits?
China’s first FTA with an African country provides a stepping stone into the continent through the geopolitical hotspot Indo-Pacific region.
China-Mauritius free-trade deal creates model for Beijing’s trade with Africa, observers say
Deal will ‘vitalise cooperation between our two countries and strengthen China-Africa economic ties’, head of African affairs at Chinese foreign ministry says.
China and EU leaders strike investment deal, but political hurdles await
The agreement, which would roll back restrictions on investment, faces some opposition in Europe and objections from the Biden camp.
China’s Xi Jinping seeks advantage over Biden with ground-breaking EU investment deal
Though EU officials haven’t yet revealed the details, one senior EU diplomat said the agreement goes beyond anything Beijing has offered any foreign partner previously.
Xinjiang forced labour concerns threaten to derail China’s investment deal with EU
Officials say European Parliament could refuse to endorse deal over Beijing’s failure to commit to International Labour Organisation standards
With eye on China, Japan refuses to ease TPP rules for new members
TPP-11 has suddenly turned into something of an exclusive club that nations are clamoring to get in. But next year’s chair of the trade pact, Japan, will be the gatekeeper upholding the strictest standards.
Chinese investors file arbitration case against Ukraine over Motor Sich investment
Chinese investors have brought a $3.5 billion arbitration case against Ukraine for blocking the sale of a strategic aircraft engine maker whose fate Washington is closely following.
EU agrees ‘in principle’ to an investment agreement with China
The European Commission has secured breakthroughs as China agrees to open up its market in multiple sectors for EU businesses.
EU-China comprehensive agreement on investment: A scoping study
Given China’s unique position, the study concludes that the EU must ensure that particularly strong protections for EU regulatory policy space are included in any future investment deal.
Peru has become Chinese firms’ preferred investment destination in LatAm
The ten-year old FTA between China and Peru is one of the agreements with the highest level of liberalization of goods trade that China has signed.
EU and China set for further investment talks as end-of-year deadline for deal looms
The latest round follows straight on the heels of ‘intensive’ talks. Negotiators hope to reach agreement by the end of the year, but issues such as market access remain a stumbling block.
China FTA set for National Assembly ratification
The inter-ministerial committee in charge of Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) negotiations is preparing documents to submit to the National Assembly (NA) for a ratification and an ambitious implementation by January 1.
African ambassadors expect more cooperation with China under new FTA
The AfCFTA requires strong infrastructure linkage across the African continent, an area where China can reach out to help.
Taiwan says trade deal would show U.S. support in face of China pressure
A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of “unrelenting intimidation” from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said.
Biden says will not kill Phase 1 trade deal with China immediately: NYT
Joe Biden will not immediately cancel the Phase 1 trade agreement that President Donald Trump struck with China nor take steps to remove tariffs on Chinese exports.
EU reportedly seeks to side with US on tech against China, revive parts of TTIP
A cooperation plan between Brussels and Washington reportedly includes attempts to revive parts of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that focus on regulatory cooperation regarding new technologies.
Trade deal with China was always useless, despite what our leaders wish us to believe
Such bilateral trade agreements produce little economic benefit — and certainly nothing like the absurd claims made for them by politicians.