Li calls for progress on FTA negotiations
Premier Li Keqiang called for faster progress in negotiations on the China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) on Tuesday.
“China stands ready to work with relevant parties to speed up negotiations on the China-JapanSouth Korea FTA and take a more active role in promoting negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, so as to achieve the long-term goal of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific,” Li said.
Li made the remarks when addressing the 20th ASEAN-China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) leaders’ meeting in Manila, capital of the Philippines.
During the meeting, he called for further promotion of trade liberalization and facilitation to establish an East Asia Economic Community, which is a strategic goal of the 10+3 cooperation.
Negotiations on the China-Japan-South Korea FTA were launched in 2012, with the 12th round of the negotiations being held in April.