December 2013

China and Japan trading goods and war threats

CNBC, 29 December, 2013
Despite escalating military tensions over territorial claims in the South China Sea, China and Japan are witnessing booming bilateral trade, conducting negotiations of a free-trade agreement. More..

Multiple trade negotiations offer tantalizing possibilities

The Globe and Mail, 27 December, 2013
Canadian trade negotiators have a busy year ahead, and not just because new trade agreements were among the key priorities in the Harper government’s trade strategy announced last month. More..

Pak-Turk PTA talks conclude : Both sides agree to remove restrictions, trade barriers

Daily Times, 25 December, 2013
The 6th round of official-level talks on Pak-Turk Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) concluded here on Tuesday with a commitment to conclude. More..

Transatlantic Trade Agreement Threatens Environment and Health in U.S. and Europe

Huff Post, 24 December, 2013
Negotiations between the United States and European Union for a free trade agreement, which resumed this week in Washington, represent one of the biggest threats. More..

CIS FTA effective for Kyrgyzstan from 12 January 2014

BeITA, 23 December, 2013
The CIS Free Trade Agreement will come into effect for Kyrgyzstan on 12 January 2014, BelTA learnt from the legal department of the CIS Executive Committee. More..

Kerry’s Visit Reinforces Bilateral Trade Relations

Vietnam Briefing, 20 December, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Vietnam earlier this week as part of a trip intended to advance Washington’s “Asia Pivot” strategy of rebalancing its economic, diplomatic and military focus in the region. More..

Transatlantic trade negotiations and oil

The Hill, 19 December, 2013
The U.S. and EU are convening the third round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations in Washington this week, working toward the liberalization of the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. More..

S. Korea-China FTA may be concluded by Q3 next year: trade minister

Yonhap News, 19 December, 2013
South Korea and China could conclude their bilateral free trade negotiation by the third quarter of next year, as the leaders of the two countries have shown keen interest in it, Seoul’s trade minister said Thursday. More..

Lessons From Bali For WTO And Transatlantic Trade Negotiators

Forbes, 18 December, 2013
The future of multilateral trade has presented some vexing questions for policy watchers over the past few years. More..

Seoul still needs negotiations to join TPP

The Korea Times, 16 December, 2013
South Korea may still be able to join ongoing negotiations for a regional trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. More..

EU suspends trade talks with Ukraine, crowds rally against government

Reuters, 15 December, 2013
The European Union said on Sunday it was halting work on a landmark trade and political pact with Ukraine. More..EU-Africa trade partnership negotiations stalled

Euractiv, 12 December, 2013
The upcoming deadline imposed by the European Commission to revise the EU’s preferential trade agreements with former colonies in the Africa.

No ‘free pass’ for S. Korea into TPP: Overby

Global Post, 12 December, 2013
South Korea should not be granted a ‘free pass’ to enter the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unless it fully implements the bilateral free trade. More..

Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal

The Washington Times, 11 December, 2013
Russia wants to set aside tensions with the U.S. and forge the first bilateral trade and investment treaty between the former Cold War rivals. More..

FTA with China to put S. Korea’s free trade territory on top

Yonhap News, 11 December, 2013
South Korea’s envisioned free trade agreement (FTA) with China could expand the country’s free trade territory to the world’s largest, covering 74 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), officials said Wednesday. More..

Marco Rubio Showcases Support for Free-Trade Agreements

Sunshine State News, 10 December, 2013
As he ponders running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, U.S. Sen. Marco. More..

Excluding China in Western-led regional trade talks makes no sense

South China Morning Post, 10 December, 2013
He Yafei says excluding China from Western-led regional trade negotiations smacks of political gamesmanship. More..

US refusing to budge on TPP issues

IT News, 09 December, 2013
A new set of leaked documents from the latest round of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations show large differences remain between the 12 nations trying to hammer out a trade agreement. More..

Canada – Africa: Aggressively negotiating treaties

The Africa Report, 09 December, 2013
Canada’s Minister of international trade, Ed Fast explains the country’s strategic shift to link development aid with private sector investments. More..

WTO trade agreement crucial to facilitate growth: AFGC

Food Magazine, 05 December, 2013
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has stated that a multilateral agreement must be reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in order to build momentum for trade liberalisation. More..

Australia inks South Korea free trade deal

The Australian, 05 December, 2013
THE coalition government has secured a free trade deal with South Korea, the first of three it pledged to seal in its first 12 months in power. More..

Energy and investment protection proving tricky issues in trade talks

European Voice, 04 December, 2013
Trade negotiators from the European Union and the United States will next week swiftly move their attention away from multilateral talks in Bali towards a bilateral transatlantic deal. More..

Quid pro quo: EU offers to ease visa curbs if India opens up insurance, Govt procurement

Business Line, 04 December, 2013
The European Union has said it could convince its member states to commit to more visas for Indian professionals as part of the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). More..

S. Korea, New Zealand agree to resume talks on bilateral FTA

Yonhap News, 03 December, 2013
South Korea and New Zealand have agreed to resume their negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), the South Korean government said Tuesday. More..

Bali trade talks: can we expect a deal?

The Guardian, 02 December, 2013
Trade ministers, policy wonks, activists, journalists, and various other hangers-on are on their way to Bali for the World Trade Organisation’s. More..

Korea to hold preliminary bilateral talks with TPP

Arirang News, 02 December, 2013
During the 9th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization that kicks off on Tuesday in Bali, Korea is expected to hold preliminary bilateral talks with countries taking part in the U.S.-led TPP. More..

Other trade prospects eyed amid WTO deal woes

Business World, 01 December, 2013
THE GOVERNMENT is looking at accelerating its trade ties with other emerging economies as negotiations for a global trade deal at the World Trade Organization (WTO) seem bleak. More..