Li calls for progress on FTA ne­go­ti­a­tions

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE -

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. Xin­hua

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