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Beijing neglects trade rule
CHINA is now in the World Trade Organisation and is negotiating free trade agreements. It wants to be a player in the game of world trade. Yet it does not understand the rules of that game. How else to explain Beijing’s decision this week to control the price of exports of iron ore from Australia and Brazil? This is not permitted in the WTO world of multilateral trade.
Farmers could access China markets
Key rural commodities including wine, milk and wool will be in keen demand from China if a free trade agreement with Australia is struck, a new report has found.
Goff’s slow boat to China
A comprehensive and high-quality free trade deal with China will not be sacrificed for one that is "quick and dirty", Trade Minister Phil Goff says.
Korea in no hurry for China FTA
South Korea’s Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong Wednesday said the country should think twice about a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, which has yet to begin because of its possible drawbacks to local industries.
Friend and foe
China is muscling its way not only into the global economy but also into Africa, a world that SA companies might have thought was their oyster after the walls of apartheid came down a decade ago.
China, Australia hold fourth round of FTA talks
Due to structural differences between the two economies, the talks will focus on agriculture, service and Australia-interested investment.
Eastern promise
Trade and investment. Not words which always set the pulse racing, the heart pounding.
Fiji: China-Australia free trade agreement puts Fiji in further bind
Fiji’s garment industry will face more problems if a free trade agreement (FTA) is signed between Australia and China, says Fiji Textile Clothing and Footwear President, Ramesh Solanki.
China established nine FTAs in past five years
China has established nine free trade areas (FTA) with different partners during the "Tenth Five Year Plan" period (2001-2005), covering one fourth of China’s total foreign trade, according to Ministry of Commerce.
Chinese food makes Thais uneasy
A free-trade agreement (FTA) that Thailand signed with China a little over two years ago has begun to worry politicians and academics, who say it has proved disastrous for the Southeast Asian country’s farmers.
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.