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China, Chile to launch FTA feasibility study

China, Chile to launch FTA feasibility study

24 April 2004

SANTIAGO, April 23 (Xinhuanet) — Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui
Liangyu and Chilean Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear declared Friday that
their countries will soon launch a feasibility study on a free trade
agreement (FTA) between them.

The announcement was made in a communique issued at a press
conference after a meeting between the two officials.

The contents of the FTA study were already agreed upon at an expert
meeting held last April 15-16 in Santiago.

Both sides voiced satisfaction over the launching, and hoped that
the conclusions of the study will help initiate negotiations on a free
trade accord.

The Chinese vice premier arrived in Chile on Thursday for a three-day