Beijing to push talks on regional free trade pacts
Beijing said on Jan 24 that it will support ongoing deliberation for two free-trade arrangements in the AsiaPacific region after the United States quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China will stay committed to pressing ahead with the economic integration process in the Asia-Pacific region. Beijing will further promote the negotiation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, since the negotiations have made substantial progress and should be completed at an early date, Hua said. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan 23 to withdraw the country from the TPP.