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Asia & Pacific

Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Asia and the Pacific region.

Brunei, Japan talking FTA
Japan on Wednesday began the first round of talks on reaching a free trade agreement (FTA) with ASEAN in a move that could be a driving force to build an East Asian community.
Summit indicates no plan to move toward FTA
The upcoming Asian-African Summit will focus on establishing a new strategic partnership, and would not as yet move toward ideas of linking the two continents via a free trade agreement. "However, we have identified that (a FTA) is one form of cooperation that we can pursue in the long term," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs secretary-general Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat said.
Updates on developments in the Pacific
Governments within the Asia/Pacific region that are rabid free traders have embarked on a rescue mission for the WTO and APEC through regional and bilateral agreements that are also designed to be WTO-plus.
Trade links can fight terrorists
More open trade links between Australia and the Asia-Pacific can play a major role in fighting terrorism throughout the region, Treasurer Peter Costello said today.
US traders seek stronger economic ties with Brunei
Trade representatives from the United States on Tuesday discussed with various governmental stakeholders in Brunei under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to seek opportunities for stronger bilateral economic ties.
Korean carmakers prepare plans for AFTA
South Korean carmakers Hyundai and KIA are considering setting up a production base in Southeast Asia to take advantage of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA).
Twelve-country report on FTAs
A report on the status of FTA fever in 12 Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Asian free trade vogue could heat up
Free trade agreements are flying around East Asia these days, with even India, from South Asia, getting a piece of the action.
EIU: Free-trade free-for-all
If proof were needed that an Asian free-trade "arms race" has begun in earnest, then the 10th ASEAN summit in Vientiane on November 29th-30th provided it in abundance. The highlight of the summit was the signing of an FTA between China and ASEAN, but equally striking was the number of other trade pacts that were, variously, agreed, worked on or proposed during the meeting in the Lao capital.
Singapore and Thailand top lists of completed FTAs
Singapore and Thailand have emerged as the two Asian countries with the highest number of completed free trade agreements (FTA), according to Asia News Network reports.


  • ABAC
    APEC Business Advisory Council is pushing for an FTA among APEC members
  • ASEAN Briefing
    ASEAN Briefing is a platform dedicated to the various and increasing number of trade treaties and agreements throughout the ASEAN region, produced by tax and legal professionals Dezan Shira & Associates.
  • Asia Regional Integration Center
    Database of bilateral and plurilateral FTAs with at least one of Asian Development Bank’s 48 regional members as signatory.
  • Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA
    An Australian government webpage on the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA negotiations, agreed to end 2004 and begun early 2005.
  • Macau-China FTA
    Official website on the Macau-China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
  • PANG
    The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) plays the role of the Pacific regional “peoples’ watchdog on trade issues”.