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Xi meets Middle East leaders, vowing to enhance cooperation with GCC and accelerate FTA talks
Chinese President Xi Jinping met up with leaders from the Gulf countries, underlining strengthening the cooperation with the regional countries in speeding up free trade negotiation.
Chinese customs to trial some CPTPP rules in pilot free trade zones
Chinese customs will trial part of the rules of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in some of China’s pilot free trade zones, according to the country’s customs authority.
US calls for ’concrete action’ from China to meet Phase 1 purchase commitments
US officials called for "concrete action" from China to make good on its commitment to purchase $200 billion in additional US goods and services under the "Phase 1" trade deal signed by former President Trump.
Ecuador sees trade deal with China at end of year, debt talks to begin
Ecuador expects to pull together a trade deal with China at the end of this year and will begin formal debt re-negotiations with the Asian country.
RCEP: A geopolitical gain for China
China has won a big geopolitical win with the RCEP as the deal improves Asia’s economic connectivity closing to China’s economic orbit as a result of tighter integration.
Taiwan’s dual challenges in joining the CPTPP
Since both Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China announced their intentions to join the CPTPP in September 2021, discussions about their relative chances of success have largely centered around a binary construct.
Huawei takes Sweden to court following 5G ban
Huawei said that it has initiated arbitration proceedings against Sweden under the World Bank Group after the Nordic country banned the Chinese tech giant from rolling out its 5G products.
What’s next for the long-awaited China-Japan-South Korea FTA?
Will RCEP be able to accelerate the negotiation process for the China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement?
China, Ecuador explore FTA talks, sign MOU on investment and economic cooperation
China and Ecuador are actively exploring the negotiation of a free trade agreement and have completed a feasibility study on the issue.
OTE calls for revision of trade agreements disadvantageous to Tunisia
The worsening trade deficit with China and Turkey is contributing to the draining of foreign exchange reserves and seriously threatens local production, according to a review.
China misses trade deal targets, raising pressure on Biden
The landmark trade deal signed in 2020 between the world’s two largest economies failed to reduce the bilateral trade deficit.
As Manila deliberates on RCEP, China looms large
In the Philippine, RCEP ratification was distracted by the pandemic and typhoon response. The coming May polls may present some hurdles in fast-tracking accession to RCEP.
CPEC phase-II much broader
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor phase-II is much broader in scope and focuses on relocation of industries, agriculture sector modernisation, cooperation in science and technology, said Pakistan’s Ambassador to China.
China and Gulf states pledge to ’inject new impetus’ into talks on free trade agreement
Beijing and Gulf states say they are committed to reviving long-dormant talks aimed at reaching a free trade agreement, as they look to strengthen ties and deepen economic cooperation in the face of strained relations with the West.
South Korea to adopt RCEP tariff rates starting from February 1
China’s Ministry of Finance on Thursday announced that South Korea will adopt the favorable tariff rates of the RCEP trade pact starting from February 1, as the country has finished ratification of the deal.
China hopes US can enable more trade amid ’Phase 1’ deal uncertainties
China hopes the United States can create conditions to expand trade cooperation, after Chinese purchases of U.S. goods in the past two years fell short of the targets in a Trump-era trade deal.
US Chamber calls for new US trade deals, China strategy
The US Chamber of Commerce called on the Biden administration to pursue more international trade deals and articulate a coherent strategy to compete and cooperate with China.
Japan, Singapore vow to keep TPP free trade pact’s high standards
Trade ministers of Japan and Singapore pledged to maintain the high standards of market access and rules of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, which China and Taiwan made a bid to join last year.
Gulf ministers visit China amid energy fears
The visit may "make breakthroughs" in talks over a China-GCC free-trade agreement.
China backs resumption of stalled FTA with Sri Lanka
China has signaled the desire to re-start a stalled Free Trade Agreement talks with Sri Lanka, during a visit of Foreign Minister Wang Yi.