China is seeking a free trade agreement between ASEAN and Pacific nations ahead of the APEC summit due in November. But, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism, there are many challenges ahead.
Report – By Johan Chang
China’s pursuit of free trade within the Asia-Pacific region is shaping up as one of the key issues to be discussed at this year’s APEC summit to be held in Beijing in November.
China’s on-going efforts are to create a free trade area in the Pacific region by 2025.
New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC) board member Robert Scollay says that the establishment of free trade is a very high priority for the Chinese government, alongside the promotion of regional connectivity, including issues such as telecommunications, transport, and people movement. Read more »