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Joint Japan-China study to examine FTA impact
The Japan External Trade Organization has established a joint research group with a Chinese government institute to examine the possible impact on the Japanese and Chinese economies of a bilateral free trade agreement.
China may sign FTA with New Zealand first
New Zealand may emerge as the first western country to sign a free trade agreement with China. A study looking at such a deal is to be released next month, and official negotiations between the two governments will start in the new year.
Fast track Australian FTA with China: farmers
Australian grain growers, who stood to gain billions of dollars in new trade targeting the Chinese food and livestock sectors, are demanding that the federal government fast track a free trade deal with China.
Suspend trade talks with China, says Cosatu
South Africa’s trade negotiations with China should be suspended until their effect on the local economy had been studied, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday.
India: BIPA with China?
Notwithstanding border and other political problems and the low base, India’s trade with China has increased phenomenally. A preliminary study has been done on a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with China.
Japan needs more FTAs
In the face of the rapidly growing Chinese economy and a rising number of free trade agreements, Japan is scrambling to reinforce its flagging leadership status in Asia by accelerating FTA negotiations with regional trading partners.
China May Get MFN Status
This may come as a surprise to the ministry of home affairs. Security concerns of the government’s intelligence agencies notwithstanding, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) is quietly pushing for a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) with China.
China-ASEAN free trade area: Origins, developments and strategic motivations
This 2003 paper is a political study of the origins, developments and motivations on the Chinese side of the FTA, demonstrating its political, strategic, intellectual and economic basis.
Fear of losing out to China prompts FTA stampede
Panicking suddenly over the specter of being left behind by its Asian neighbors, Japan is rushing to conclude bilateral free-trade agreements, with ministers striving to get stalled talks restarted.
Fear grows as FTA looms
Canberra seems certain to press ahead with negotiations for a free trade agreement with China, possibly within a year, despite growing concerns from manufacturers.
China’s pact with Macau, HK marginalizes Taiwan
Taiwan-based companies is likely to face increased competition next year as a result of of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) signed between (mainland) China, Hong Kong and Macau, an analyst said yesterday.
NZ: Free-trade talks with Asia begin to snowball
Next year looks destined to be one of the most significant in New Zealand’s trading history as multiple free-trade talks start with countries accounting for almost a third of the world’s population.
Megawati urges SE Asia to embrace FTA
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has urged ASEAN to move ahead in forging free-trade agreements with non-members, including Australia.
ANALYSIS: Japan, Asia face bumpy road toward free trade
Japan, keen not to lose ground to China, is stepping up its pursuit of regional and bilateral free trade pacts, but the path to success will be bumpy and some experts question how committed Tokyo really is.
RP vows to fasttrack tariff cuts under Asean-China FTA
The Philippines will accelerate the timetable for its tariff reduction program involving certain agricultural products under the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China Free Trade Area (AFTA) Agreement.
China, Austria sign economic cooperation agreement
A cooperation agreement between the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and the Austria Federal Economic Chamber was signed Wednesday in Vienna to further enhance bilateral trade activities between the two countries.
COSATU wants bilateral trade moratorium
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday called for a moratorium on all South Africa’s current bilateral trade agreements, and renewed its plea to the government to consistently pursue economic and trade policies that prioritise job retention and creation.
True picture emerges of China free-trade deal
A pragmatic approach to the potential downsides of a New Zealand-China free-trade agreement is emerging to balance hype about the likely benefits.
Manila, Beijing hope for China-ASEAN free trade zone soon
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed hope on Wednesday for the early establishment of a planned free trade zone linking China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
China-NZ: Opportunities beckon through trade door
China needs to secure a supply of natural resources and that’s where a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with New Zealand comes in, Chinese Ambassador Chen Mingming says.