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Uruguay-China FTA negotiations raise tensions over Mercosur’s future
The recent Mercosur summit revealed strains in the bloc. As Uruguay moves for a free trade agreement with China, other members discuss consequences and call for unity.
China, Nicaragua begin talks for FTA; textile trade may get boost
China and Nicaragua are moving ahead for a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) and have formally established a bilateral intergovernmental economic and trade cooperation mechanism.
China, S Korea made substantial progress for 2nd phase FTA talk: MOFCOM
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Thursday that China and South Korea have made substantial progress in second-phase China-South Korea FTA talks.
Sri Lanka, China free trade agreement negotiations at a standstill
A senior government spokesperson of Sri Lanka said that there has been no positive response from China for the proposed debt restructuring programme despite taking steps to hasten the free trade agreement (FTA).
Uruguay, China to start formal negotiations on free trade agreement
Uruguay and China have decided to enter formal negotiations on a free trade agreement, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said.
Nicaragua and China speed up implementation of free trade deal
This Central American country signed the "Early Harvest Agreement", a trade instrument whose objective is to facilitate the bilateral exchange of agriculture-related goods by establishing preferential tariffs.
Africa: Weaponizing Free Trade Agreements
In April 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed US-Kenya FTA talks would resume. Observers believe the US-Kenya FTA, initiated by Trump in 2020, would help expand US ’carrot and stick’ trade and security policies on the continent to counter China.
Will Biden’s proposed Latin America deal seek to repair past ‘free trade’ failures?
President Joe Biden announced the launch of a new economic proposal called the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity to deepen economic ties in the hemisphere.
Peru’s ambassador to China: “The FTA with China is becoming obsolete”
Peru’s ambassador to China says Peru should strengthen bilateral relations and trade, and need to update its free trade agreement with China.
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a paradigm shift
The United States can no longer afford to buy geopolitical allies with market access.
China floats BRICS free-trade deal, while Russia’s Vladimir Putin calls for an alternative to US dollar
China has proposed a free-trade bloc among the five BRICS countries in a bid to enhance economic ties within the decade-old grouping, as its geopolitical rivalry heats up with the United States.
Why the US’ Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is really all about India
The framework is another attempt to bring India into the Western fold while positioning it more strategically in the Indo-Pacific trade network
Taiwan appeals to US not to forget its desire for free trade deal
Taiwan’s top trade negotiator appealed to the United States not to forget that the island wants a free trade deal, but understands this will not happen immediately and is willing to make other agreements first as "building blocks".
‘Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’ not a blessing to Asia
The US has been trumpeting that its IPEF will bring prosperity to the region. But its sole purpose is to advance the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” and key interests of the U.S. instead of driving post-pandemic recovery, development and prosperity of the region.
How tension with Russia & China is pushing Europe to do more business with India
The European Union (EU) is now looking to do more business with India by way of greater investments in Europe as tension with Russia over the Ukraine war and geopolitical concerns with China pose massive challenges to the bloc and the world at large.
China to continue pushing for Pacific Island nations to sign regional trade and security agreement
China’s government says it remains confident it can strike a sweeping trade and security agreement with 10 Pacific Island states despite being forced to shelve its proposed agreement.
China, Papua New Guinea discuss free-trade deal
China and Papua New Guinea held talks on a free-trade deal, as Beijing’s foreign minister wrapped up a landmark tour of the Pacific Islands with a stop in the resource-rich nation.
Pacific nations walk away from trade and security deal with China as Australia aims to ’build stronger family’
Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.
India sees a second chance to pivot to the Indo-Pacific in new group that excludes China
Except for India and the US, all other nations in IPEF are part of the RCEP rival bloc. India’s aversion to a pact which includes China has geopolitical considerations at its root.
China dismisses Swiss reports of stalled free trade talks
China’s commerce ministry has denied talks with Switzerland to update a free trade agreement between both countries are "frozen".