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US assails EU push to exclude culture in trade talks

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has threatened to block transatlantic free trade talks over cultural issues. Photo: AFP

The United States said Europe’s possible push to exclude films and TV shows from transatlantic free trade talks soon to get under way was not a helpful way to start negotiations.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 11:57am

Letters to the Editor, April 28, 2013

No need to waste perishable food. Photo: SMP

Your comment columns and editorials frequently hail the concepts of freedom and free trade.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Talking points

How will China treat Iceland's gay first couple?

How will China treat Iceland's gay first couple?

15 Apr 2013 - 2:31am

Iceland premier Sigurdardottir to meet China’s leaders in Beijing

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and Wen Jiabao, whose trip in April last year was the first official visit by a Chinese premier to the North Atlantic island in 41 years. Photo: Reuters

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this month in Beijing as the countries sign a free trade agreement, her office said on Saturday.

“The prime minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, and her wife, Jonina Leosdottir, will be on an official visit to China on April 15-18,” it said in a statement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Our free trade demands justice

Custom officers inspect the luggages of people at Lok Ma Chau. The recent absurd situation over baby milk powder is the result of barriers to free trade. Photo: Edward Wong

Influential groups in Hong Kong seem to have less and less idea of why the territory exists as a separate entity, what makes it distinct and what makes it thrive, for reasons that are hard to replicate elsewhere. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 5 comments

Japanese PM Abe snubs critics to pursue US-led trade accord

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will join negotiations on an American-led regional trade accord opposed by some of his core supporters as he seeks to boost growth and strengthen ties with the US.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:39am

Briefs, March 11, 2013

Graft fighter General Liu Yuan

General sees challenge in anti-graft battle

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Letters to the Editor, March 9, 2013

Old factories can be converted into flats. Photo: Edward Wong

My father is a dementia patient who cannot recognise people or his surroundings. As we never let him hold any cash or an Octopus card, we have discovered a disturbing fact; Hong Kong's public transport system allows people without the ability to care for themselves to travel long distances without paying fares.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 1 comment

Tibetan leader accuses China of ‘sham’ trials

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks listen to a speaker in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP

The political leader of Tibetan exiles on Friday accused China of holding “sham” trials in which eight Tibetans were convicted of inciting others to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule.

2 Feb 2013 - 11:51am

British welcome of Asian business will hasten global economic recovery

This year's Asian Finance Forum will, I'm sure, continue to be a source of new ideas and inspiration. Twelve months ago, I addressed the forum with a simple message: that Britain is the natural home of Asian investment in the West. I said that the remarkable pace of growth in Asia was a huge opportunity for British businesses, if we could get out there and seize them.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

EU, Singapore agree on free-trade deal

The European Union said on Sunday it had completed final negotiations on a free-trade deal with Singapore, the bloc’s 13th-largest trading partner and home to more than 8,000 EU companies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Business Digest, December 17, 2012

European Union and Singapore reach a free trade agreement.

US prosecutors plan to file charges this week against multiple bankers linked to UBS rigging of Tokyo interbank lending rates.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

China, Japan and South Korea to meet for free-trade talks

Premier Wen Jiabao (left) toasts Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Sunday. Photo: AFP

China, Japan and South Korea will hold the first round of meetings early next year on a free-trade agreement vital to an Asia-wide deal, even as they spar over disputed islands.

The negotiations of those countries, which represent three of Asia's four biggest economies, are vital to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation accord announced on Tuesday.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Trade blocs should promote co-operation, not competition

American leadership of a fledgling trans-Pacific free-trade zone that excludes China has prompted Beijing to join negotiations to create a 16-nation east Asian free-trade bloc that does not include the US.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Can US come to terms with the trade-offs of free trade?

Illustration: Brian Wang

Walking into a Walmart in suburban America is a bit like walking into the past and future at the same time.

5 Nov 2012 - 12:59pm 1 comment