• Kyodo


Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations, including Japan and China, were Monday set to begin their first ministerial-level negotiations toward the creation of one of the world’s largest free trade blocs.

At the meeting in Brunei, ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their six regional partners were expected to discuss ways to proceed with talks on lowering or eliminating tariffs for the envisioned Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

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