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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.
Chilean legislators ratify FTA with China
Legislators in Chile’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved a free trade agreement with China. The agreement, China’s first with a Latin American nation, now passes to the Senate for final ratification.
Pakistan to sign FTAs with Singapore, China, Malaysia
Pakistan will sign free trade agreements (FTA) with Singapore, China and Malaysia by the end of 2006, the country’s commerce minister said on Tuesday.
EU will start negotiation with China on bilateral trade
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is now carrying out a new policy that is ready to start up negotiation on bilateral trade agreement with China and hopes to relax EU and China trade issues through this mechanism.
The death of Doha signals the demise of globalisation
The failure to reach agreement on the Doha round suggests the era of multilateral trade agreements is coming to an end.
China, Iceland to start free trade agreement talks
China and Iceland plan to begin formal negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement soon following successful talks earlier this month.
China to Recognize Kaesong Goods as Made in S.Korea
China will recognize products from the joint-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North as made in South Korea, a high-ranking government official in Seoul said Monday.
Free trade warned of PC approach
A lucrative free trade deal with China is hovering on the horizon but some believe the New Zealand government’s politically correct stance may damage business potential relationships.
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.
Policy shift reflects changing US attitude
US President George W. Bush nominated Henry M. Paulson as his new Treasury Secretary on May 30. In his Rose Garden announcement of the nomination, Bush stressed that Paulson will "help ensure that our trading partners play by the rules, respect intellectual property rights and maintain flexible, market-based exchange rates for their currencies."
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.
Jury still out on costs and benefits of SA trade deal with China, amid fears of severe job losses
A free trade agreement with China would have a drastically negative effect on the clothing and footwear sectors in South Africa - but the overall economic effect would be positive, says one of the first of a series of studies.
ASEAN plus India, China is future of Asia: Nath
The rising influence of India and China need not worry ASEAN countries and the regional grouping should look at joining hands with the two fastest growing economies of Asia, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said today.
Looking East
Baby steps are not always giant leaps for India, let alone for mankind. The reopening of the Nathu La pass, a key junction for trade between India and China over centuries, could have been a momentous event.
South Africa: Engaging China
This week’s visit by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to seven African countries, including SA, is a highly strategic one.
..for speedy action on FTA deal with Pakistan
China on Friday proposed that Beijing and Islamabad should speed up their joint study on a five-year plan for economic and trade cooperation and establish a Sino-Pakistani free trade agreement at an early date.