Jan 25, 2017

Japan eyes merging trade negotiation units in wake of TPP flop

The government plans to form a new cross-ministry unit to handle all free trade negotiations following the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a source said Wednesday. The new entity would handle continued dialogue over the now 11-nation TPP as well as an economic ...

Nov 15, 2016

Abe warns TPP impasse would shift focus to China-inclusive trade pact

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that roadblocks to implementation of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could shift attention to another envisioned regional free trade pact that includes China, but not the United States. “There’s no doubt that there would be a pivot to ...

East Asia trade chiefs vow to promote free trade talks

Oct 29, 2016

East Asia trade chiefs vow to promote free trade talks

The trade chiefs of Japan, China and South Korea agreed in a trilateral meeting Saturday to promote negotiations on free trade and cooperation in the energy sector. They also vowed to urge more trade and investment around the globe and cooperate on hosting the ...

Jun 14, 2015

Asia-Pacific negotiators end talks without free trade goal

Negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries ended their eighth round of talks to promote a deal that would free up their trade early Sunday, falling short of setting any ambitious goal of eliminating tariffs. The working-level meeting, which began last Monday in Kyoto, involving the ...

Aug 22, 2014

Motegi set to visit Myanmar to attend ASEAN meet, trade group talks

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Myanmar next week to boost economic cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and advance negotiations for a giant regional free trade initiative, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. On Tuesday, Motegi will join ...

Asia-Pacific nations hold trade talks

May 10, 2013

Asia-Pacific nations hold trade talks

Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations including Japan and China held their first round of talks Thursday toward forming one of the world’s largest free-trade blocs. At the five-day meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership through Monday in Brunei, the 10 members of the Association of ...