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Free Trade Agreement

Asean economies set to double GDP by 2020 says IHS

Workers at a construction site in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the frontier markets that are opening up. Photo: EPA

Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS, speaking at a Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce conference on the outlook for emerging markets in Asia, said: "Asean is experiencing strong growth across the board."

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 4:22am

Big hurdles to three-way, free trade talks

Chinese representative Yu Jianhua (left), South Korean representative Choi Kyong-lim (centre) and Japanese representative Koji Tsuruoka (right) at the trilateral talks on the free trade agreement. Photo: Xinhua

Territorial tensions, rivalries and suspicions are hardly the ideal environment for long-awaited free-trade talks between China, Japan and South Korea. But Beijing's wish to counter the American-led push for a Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) that does not include China - part of Washington's strategic pivot back towards Asia and the Pacific - has helped get them off the ground. 

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am

China, Japan, South Korea conclude first round trade talks

Representative of China Yu Jianhua (left) poses for a photo with his Japanese counterpart Koji Tsuruoka (right) and his South Korean counterpart Choi Kyong-lim before their trilateral talks in Seoul, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

China, Japan and South Korea concluded a first round of talks on Thursday on securing a free trade pact to bind three economies that account for 20 per cent of global gross domestic product.

29 Mar 2013 - 1:02am

Beijing in push for free trade deal with Japan, South Korea

Yu Jianhua (1st left), representative of China, speaks during the trilateral talks in Seoul on March 26, 2013. China, Japan and the South Korea started the first round of trilateral talks on the free trade agreement. Photo: Xinhua

Long-awaited talks on a free trade deal involving China, Japan and South Korea opened yesterday. And while tensions, rivalries and suspicions cloud their relations, Beijing is keen to counter US initiatives in the region, which has so far excluded China.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:40am