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FTA vital for East Asia says ADB
East Asia should set up a unified region-wide free trade pact to help boost trade and investment and further promote regional economic integration, the president of the Asian Development Bank said yesterday.
Take steps to avoid marginalization
Over the past few years, East-Asian nations have signed many trade agreements and quickened the pace of economic integration. The exclusion of Taiwan from this process is a cause for concern.
More FTAs established in past five years
The past five years has witnessed China’s readiness to establish free trade areas (FTAs) with various trade partners, according to sources with the Ministry of Commerce.
EOs imperil vegetable, fruit industries
The reduction of tariffs on wide range of agricultural products as mandated by Executive Orders 485 and 487 under the China-ASEAN FTA would impact the Philippines’ vegetable and fruit industries, a coalition of nongovernment organizations for the agriculture sector said.
India for pan-Asian trade agreement
India on Friday expressed its desire for eventually expanding the proposed comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (Ceca) with Asean to a pan-Asian pact covering six more countries including Japan, China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, aiming at a common economic community in East Asia.
Trade deal sought with Arab states
China wants closer ties with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, and is working toward a free-trade agreement with countries in the region, according to Premier Wen Jiabao.
China FTA talks near next phase: Vaile
Australia and China are ready to progress to the next stage of talks on a possible free trade agreement, the federal government says.
China, GCC conclude third round FTA negotiation
The third round of free trade area negotiation between China and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) was concluded recently in Beijing.
China-ASEAN FTA agreement benefits China’s textile export
Since China and the ASEAN started their tariff reduction process on July 1, 2005 on the basis of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) agreement, the ASEAN would gradually lower its tariff upon Chinese textile and apparel, which may increase China’s textile export to this region.
India Fin Min: Hopes to sign FTA with Japan before China
Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Wednesday that India hopes to conclude a free trade or similar economic partnership agreement with Japan before it concludes one with China.
China, Mali sign economic cooperation agreement
China will take further steps to encourage investments in Mali, while Mali will strive to increase the direct export of cotton and other products to China.
Sondhi alleges Thaksin signs FTA with Australia, China to benefit his IP Star
Sondhi Limthongkul, founder of the Manger Group, alleged that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra signed free trade agreement contracts with Australia and China with ulterior motive to benefit telecom businesses of his family.
China willing to negotiate FTA with African countries, organizations
China is willing to negotiate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with African countries and African regional organizations when conditions are ripe, according to China’s African Policy Paper issued Thursday in Beijing. The paper, the first of its kind, said the Chinese government encourages and supports Chinese enterprises’ investment and business in Africa.
Pact’s progress
The China-ASEAN FTA will form a huge market, with 1.85 billion consumers and a combined gross domestic product of almost US$2.5 trillion. Both sides hope to establish an FTA by 2010, and will gradually reduce export tariffs until then.
Official: Uruguay to seek US, China free trade deals - Report
The Uruguayan government plans to seek free trade agreements with the U.S. and China, Economy Minister Danilo Astori said in an interview published Thursday in a weekly Uruguayan magazine.
Japan to pursue free trade deals with China - paper
Japan is likely to pursue free-trade agreements with China and India as well as Australia to give it more clout in a proposed East Asian community, a leading Japanese daily reported on Tuesday.
China : Mainland to negotiate FTA with 27 nations: Bo Xilai
After remaining silent during the WTO meeting in Hong Kong, December 2005, China has decided to focus on the bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and play a lead role in multilateral trade discussions during the year 2006.
Free trade regime between Pakistan and China from Jan 1
Pakistan and China are set to launch the much awaited free trade regime under the Early Harvest Programme (EHP) from January 1.
Racing with tigers to catch up with dragon
With multilateral talks through the World Trade Organisation moving rather slowly, the engagement with the Asian Tigers seems to be the Indian ‘Elephant’ economy’s chance to catch up with the Chinese Dragon.
Canada-China Investment Protection Agreement - A significant stepping stone to deeper economic co-operation
The pieces of the Canada-China economic puzzle are starting to come together and the picture that emerges reveals a slowly developing but inevitably closer economic relationship between these two economies.v