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Wen warns against protectionism amid financial crisis2009-02-02
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday warned against protectionism in face of lingering global financial crisis.

China's exports need repairs2008-12-22
In November Chinese exports witnessed their worst collapse since 1999, and the downward trend is expected to continue due to the expected slowdown of the domestic economy and trade protectionism overseas.

China's exports need repairs2008-12-22
In November Chinese exports witnessed their worst collapse since 1999, and the downward trend is expected to continue due to the expected slowdown of the domestic economy and trade protectionism overseas.

Leaders stand by free trade, vow to revive Doha2008-11-24
President Hu Jintao joined other Asia-Pacific leaders on Saturday in vowing to stick to free-trade principles and help revive the stalled Doha round of global trade talks.

Sino-German trade to hit $100b this year2008-11-11
The trade volume between China and Germany stood at $86.7 billion in the first nine months of this year, up 29 percent over the same period of last year.

China-Canada trade ties robust2008-11-04
A delegation of Canadian business leaders yesterday signed 20 deals with Chinese counterparts in Beijing promoting cooperation and trumpeted China-Canadian ties amid the global economic slowdown.

China, Singapore sign free trade pact2008-10-23
China and Singapore on Thursday signed a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) ahead of the seventh Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to be held on October 24-25.

Foreign trade grows 23% in first 9 months2008-10-21
Chile's foreign trade reached $99.88 billion from January to September 2008, an increase of 23 percent compared with the same period of 2007, authorities said Monday.

China likely to increase textile tax rebates2008-07-15
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has made suggestions to the cabinet to slow down yuan appreciation and improve tax rebates for garments, today's Nanfang Daily reported, quoting sources.

Developing nations call for just, open int'l trade system2008-07-09
The leaders of China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to a stable and orderly international financial system and called for a just, open, reasonable and non-discriminatory trade system.

China, Australia conclude 11th round talk on free trade zone2008-06-21
China and Australia had concluded in Beijing on Friday their 11th round of talk on the free trade zone, said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

China always supports multilateral trading system2008-05-22
The Chinese government has always supported the multilateral trading system, and it is ready to work with other members of the WTO to strengthen the system.

Economist: Unjust trade must be countered2008-03-25
The current global trade regime is unfair to developing countries and runs counter to their development, a Nobel prize winning economist said on March 21.

World 'still trusts' Chinese products2007-11-07
The world still trusts the quality of China's products despite a string of recalls in recent months, a senior Chinese official has said.

U.S. outdoor clothing maker wins lawsuit against Beijing clothes market2007-10-30
The North Face has won a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owner of Beijing's Silk Market Plaza.

Textiles deal expected2007-10-15
China and the European Union are expected to reach a deal soon to monitor China's textile exports to the European market next year.

Lamy neutral on Sino-US trade row2007-06-21
World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy yesterday refused to take sides in trade disputes between China and the United States, saying he had to remain neutral.

China makes its case to WTO2007-05-24
China's ministers of commerce and agriculture have sent a joint letter to the World Trade Organization (WTO), making clear the government's key positions on agriculture trade talks, the Chinese Permanent Mission to the WTO said on Monday.

Japan joins US complaint to WTO 2007-02-27
Japan has joined the United States in a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that was condemned by Chinese experts.

ASEAN leaders support resumption of Doha Round2007-01-15
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the ASEAN Statement on the World Trade Organization to express their support for the resumption of the Doha Round.

Entry WTO sparks rapid economic expansion2006-12-12
China's entry into the World Trade Organization five years ago has sparked an economic expansion that is the envy of the world, said a report carried by Monday's The Wall Street Journal.

Asia and Europe forge closer relationships2006-09-08
While it may have gone through a bad economic patch in the past two to three years, Europe seems to be recovering well lately  particularly Germany and France, Europe's two largest economies.

China urges developed nations to make concessions to revive Doha talks2006-09-06
China's Minister of Commerce has reiterated the country's hopes of reviving the stalled Doha Round talks but urged developed countries to make more concessions first.

US trade official to discuss Doha Round2006-08-23
US Trade Representative Susan Schwab will start her first visit to China on Sunday, during which she will hold high-level discussions on efforts to restart the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Doha Round.

Disheartening impasse 2006-07-04
A familiar stand-off between major trading nations has further dampened hopes for real progress in the Doha round of trade talks.

WTO expected to praise trade policies2006-04-24
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to praise China's trade policies in its first review of the country since it joined the organization in 2001.

China becomes victim of trade protectionism 2006-04-11
The dispute between China, the United States and the European Union (EU) on auto trade has now reached a turning point.

WTO Hong Kong meeting makes "positive progress": Chinese official2005-12-20
The Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization made "positive progress" but "tough tasks" still remain, said a Chinese trade official here Sunday.

China has embraced world since WTO entry2005-12-13
Affordable luxury was probably the first benefit most Chinese imagined they would enjoy when the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) four years ago.

Stronger Sino-US trade urged 2005-12-13
Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai on Friday told American businessmen that the relationship between China and United States is a win-win one, but both sides should work to make the market as big as possible rather than initiate a damaging trade war.

China supports WTO talks in Doha round, official2005-12-07
China firmly supports the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Doha Round, hoping the imminent Hong Kong meeting will achieve substantive progress, Zhang xiangcheng, director of the Department for WTO Affairs under the Ministry of Commerce said here Monday at a press conference.

Fostering mutually beneficial relations2005-11-22
AmCham-China has been cultivating relations with the Chinese government for over a decade.

Exports buoyant as trade volume rockets 2005-10-08
A report completed by the Ministry of Commerce's Department of Foreign Trade said yesterday the country's two-way foreign trade will hit US$1.4 trillion, according to International Business Daily, a newspaper published by the ministry.

Wu presses free trade agreement with Japan2005-05-19
Vice-Premier Wu Yi stressed yesterday the significance of the Sino-Japanese economic relations and called for a bilateral free trade agreement for long-term and active ties.

You come, you profit, we all prosper 2005-05-17
President Hu Jintao yesterday pledged to the world China will undertake a set of reforms to become a more open, prospering market.

Australian PM says free trade deal to benefit both countries2005-04-20
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Tuesday the talks on free trade agreement between Australia and China would benefit both countries despite the complex negotiations to come.

Agreements pave way for Chinese-Australian FTA2005-04-19
China and Australia yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally start negotiation on a free trade area (FTA) following Australia's recognition of China's full market economy status.

HK hopes to make the first draft of WTO' MC6 manifesto by July2005-04-18
The Hong Kong government, the host of the Sixth Ministerial Conference (MC6) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), hopes to make the first draft of the manifesto of the conference by July this year.

Howard likely to grant MES to China2005-04-18
On Saturday, Howard is expected to deliver the keynote address at the Boao Forum, an annual meeting of Asian business and political leaders on the southern island of Hainan.

Regional economic integration benefits all 2005-03-30
China's rapid economic development is going to deliver real benefits rather than pose threats to its Asian neighbours, including ASEAN countries and Japan.

Overseas investment on the up2005-02-01
Editor's note: The Chinese Academy of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation, a think tank for the Ministry of Commerce, recently published the 2005 Report of Transnational Corporations in China. Following are excerpts:

Foreign trade may hit US$1.1 trillion2005-01-11
China has become the world's third-largest trading nation, following the United States and Germany, thanks to its foreign trade value hitting a record high of US$1.0 trillion in the first 11 months of 2004, and the whole year's figure expected to reach US$1.1 trillion.

Multinationals have eyes for manufacturing sector in Shanghai2005-01-04
Multinational corporations were involved in 13,482 advanced manufacturing projects in Shanghai, accounting for 51 percent of the total foreign-funded ventures in the economic hub in east China, the local authorities said Monday.

Low tariffs help foreign wines pour in 2004-12-23
China will continue to lower tariffs on imported alcoholic drinks next year. The moves are expected to bring challenges to Chinese alcohol producers.

European businesses show confidence in China 2004-10-18
European businesses in China are mostly optimistic about their local operations but have also proposed many practical suggestions to the government, according to the European Business in China Position Paper 2004 issued on Friday.

ASEM summit ends with trade focus2004-10-11
China is willing to acti-vely join international efforts to guarantee energy resources and explore new sources.

ASEAN decision in line with free-trade spirit 2004-09-07
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday they recognize China's full market economy status, boosting the number of countries who do so to 13.

Deal offers hope of salvaging globalization 2004-08-03
The breakthrough deal the World Trade Organization's (WTO) 147 members struck on Sunday is a needed first stab at marrying fair global trade order with liberalization.

Free trade benefits 2003-12-30
Free trade between China and Australia will have extensive and long-standing significance on the two countries and the global economy, according to an article in China Youth News. An excerpt follows:

ASEAN's seeds may be reaped 2003-12-18
An "early harvest" plan will kick off January 1 next year before the Free Trade Area between China and members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) goes into effect in 2010.

Nation's goals tied to world's 2003-11-13
Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi yesterday said a multilateral trading system will contribute to China's prosperity if the new round of global trade talks can address development issues effectively.

Integrating for a stronger Asia 2003-11-05
The second annual conference of the Bo'ao Forum for Asia (BTF) successfully concluded on Monday at Bo'ao, a picturesque town on southernmost China's Hainan Province.

Premier pushes 'win-win'2003-11-03
Leaders of Asian nations yesterday called for developing a deeply integrated Asia as well as pushing for openness with the rest of the world.

China, EU establish trade policy dialogue mechanism2003-10-30
China and the European Union agreed to establish a trade policy dialogue mechanism here Thursday.

Australia trip nets free trade initiative 2003-10-25
China and Australia agreed to a broad-ranging Trade and Economic Framework on Friday, marking the first step in reaching a free trade deal between the two nations.President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister John Howard presided over a signing ceremony for the economic blueprint and three other agreements on economic, educational and agricultural co-operation.

Free trade agreement signed with Macao2003-10-18
A free trade agreement between the mainland and Macao will add a new dynamic to economic co-operation between the two, say officials.

Asia to benefit as ties improve 2003-10-09
China acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation (TAC), which demonstrates stronger political trust between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Free trade zone proposed 2003-09-24
Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday proposed setting up a free trade zone within the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO).

China urges international joint efforts for economic development2003-09-22
The Chinese finance minister Monday called on the international community to make joint efforts to push forward economic development, noting the developing countries are facing severe shortage of development finance and suffering from little trade opportunities

US protectionism balks free trade momentum 2003-09-19
The United States' misleading outcry against China's trade policies does not serve the interests of either country and adds to global worries about rising protectionism in the wake of the failure to reach any agreement at the Cancun talks.

GMS calls for close regional co-operation 2003-09-15
Ministers of countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Co-operation Programme at the 12th GMS Ministerial Conference will call for intensifying joint efforts in key sectors that are crucial for successful regional economic co-operation, said China's Finance Minister Jin Renqing.

Injecting vitality into Asian growth 2003-09-09
China, committed to promoting Asian economic integration, will continue to "inject vitality" into the region's growth in the years ahead, Chinese officials and World Bank experts agreed at a seminar yesterday in Beijing.Speaking at a gathering sponsored by the Boao Forum for Asia, both Assistant Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying and World Bank chief economist Homi Kharas said the rest of Asia is benefiting from China as a powerful source of external demand.

Treaty develops relations with ASEAN 2003-09-08
China officially submitted a protocol asking to join the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation in Southeast Asia at the ninth consultative meeting between high-ranking officials from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in mid-August.

Free trade initiative gathers momentum 2003-09-04
Chinese Commerce Minister Lu Fuyuan made a speech at the 2nd China-ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting here yesterday, reaffirming China's determination to further enhance economic co-operation with ASEAN member countries.

Macao talks moving smoothly 2003-09-04
Negotiations to promote closer economic partnership arrangements (CEPA) between the Chinese mainland and Macao are going smoothly and expected to finish by the end of this October, senior officials said yesterday.

China makes proposals on economic globalization 2003-09-02
China made several proposals Tuesday for Asian lawmakers to fully play their unique role in helping their own countries get the benefits of globalization while avoiding its downsides and ensuring coexistence and common prosperity of all countries.

Joint banking deal good for free trade2003-08-21
Banks from China, South Korea and Japan inked an accord on Monday on foreign exchange co-operation.

China, ASEAN to further co-operation2003-08-21
Senior officials from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed in Wuyishan in Fujian Province to further improve co-operation in agriculture, the information industry, human resources, investment and exploitation of the Mekong River.

Foreign business people welcome to WEDD conference in China2003-08-12
Shi Guangsheng, vice-chairman of the World Economy Development Declaration (WEDD) conferences organizing committee, said on August 12 that China welcomes more foreign business delegates to attend the conference.

Art paper safeguard duty imposed2003-08-07
China said yesterday it had decided in a final verdict to impose anti-dumping duty on coated art paper imported from South Korea and Japan.

Pact to push HK economy forward 2003-06-30
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) got a very "big gift" from the central government yesterday, after signing the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with the mainland.

China, India set trade volume target at US$10b 2003-06-26
China and India should work together to double their bilateral trade volume to US$10 billion by 2005, Chinese Minister of Commerce Lu Fuyuan said in Beijing on June 25 when met with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Arun Jaitley.

Asia to build regional bond market 2003-06-24
The Chiang Mai Declaration on Asian Bond Market Development issued on June 22 by the second ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue forum marks the first tangible step on the long journey towards building such a market.

China, Thailand to sign tariff reduction agreement 2003-06-18
To fulfill their commitments to the establishment of a China-ASEAN free-trade area, China and Thailand are set to sign a tariff reduction agreement in Beijing on June 18.

Localization of International Brands2003-06-17
The world economy has been following a trend towards globalization since the end of the last century.

Trade deal due with Thailand 2003-06-05
China and Thailand are to sign a bilateral free-trade agreement on vegetables and fruit in mid-June, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce confirmed on June 4.

Study backs free-trade zone with Japan, South Korea 2003-06-02
A high-level feasibility study has concluded that the time is ripe to set up a free-trade zone between China, Japan and South Korea.

More capital flows into China 2003-03-14
Foreign investors are paying increasing attention to China - already the world's largest recipient of foreign capital - and injecting another US$7.54 billion into the country in the first two months of this year.

WTO stimulates foreign trade2002-12-17
China's foreign trade performance has been better than expected since it joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) last December.

WTO: Consumers are big winners2002-12-17
Chinese consumers, who now have a greater selection of goods from which to choose, are among the major winners of China's World Trade Organization (WTO) accession.

WTO entry boosts cross-Straits trade2002-07-25
The World Trade Organization (WTO) membership for the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, which was regarded as an independent tariff zone, will certainly be conducive to cross-Straits trade relations.

Trade minister urges greater focus on exports 2002-07-22
China's trade minister urged all trade officials nationwide to prepare for uncertainty over the country's foreign trade circumstances in the latter half of the year, and try their best to promote exports.

WTO meets to discuss China complaint about US tariffs 2002-06-07
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is meeting in Geneva Friday to discuss whether to set up a panel to examine the legality of United States steel tariffs following a Chinese complaint.

China, Russia and Central Asian states target free-trade area2002-05-30
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which groups China, Russia and four Central Asian republics and primarily focuses on anti-terrorism efforts, now aims to establish a free-trade zone.

SCO negotiates free-trade zone2002-05-29
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members announced on May 28 the start of negotiations aimed at establishing a free-trade zone involving the six countries in the region -- Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

East Asian alliance will come gradually - minister2002-05-22
The ASEAN countries, China, Japan and other East Asian economies are likely to form a grand economic alliance but it would form only gradually, a Chinese minister said on May 21.

Trade area dispels worries2002-05-17
A free trade area between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) appears promising despite worries that China is competing with ASEAN for international markets and foreign investment, experts said.

FDI increases after WTO entry; foreign trade up 2002-05-16
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China soared between January and April on the back of investor confidence in a strong domestic economy and the country's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Free trade framework to finish by year-end2002-05-16
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aim to work out a framework for a free trade area before the end of the year.

China, ASEAN meeting issues joint press release2002-05-15
Senior economic officials from China and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) concluded their one-day meeting in Beijing on May 14 and issued a Joint Press Release.

FTA 'won't be threat to HK'2002-05-15
Hong Kong's role as a major channel for Chinese mainland's exports will not be affected by the establishment of a free trade area (FTA) between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said trade experts.

China, ASEAN officials discuss free trade area2002-05-14
Senior economic officials from China and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) met in Beijing on May 14 to discuss the establishment of a China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA).

ASEAN, China to launch talks on Free Trade Agreement 2001-05-10
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China will launch first round of talks this week in Beijing on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and the ASEAN, the trade ministry said.

Trade zone to energize Asian markets2002-05-10
The projected free trade area involving China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be one of the world's largest free trade areas in terms of population, a senior Chinese official said on May 9.

Experts propose trade liberalization in Northeast Asia 2002-05-08
Economists attending a regional economic forum have called on Northeast Asian countries to build up a new cooperation mechanism with trade liberalization and economic and technological cooperation as the core.

China to open up US$1.5 trillion trade market in five years - Hu2002-04-24
China's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would open up trade opportunities worth at least US$1.5 trillion in the next five years, Vice President Hu Jintao said Wednesday.

'Made-in-China' goods expect new market in global chainstores2002-04-21
Products labeled "made in China" are likely to obtain more opportunities in overseas markets by entering the purchasing systems of international retail chain groups in China.

Exporters get credit guarantee promise 2002-04-18
China will increase the amount of export credit guarantees for domestic companies and cut premiums to help firms explore relatively untapped markets such as Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, a marketing official said on Wednesday.

China ready to participate in globalization: trade minister 2002-03-12
China will actively participate in globalization as it opens wider to the outside world after last December's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Shi Guangsheng, minister of foreign trade and economic cooperation, said in a press release issued Tuesday.

China to host first meeting on ASEAN-China free trade area 2002-03-07
China will host the first meeting between Southeast Asian and Chinese senior officials on the proposed ASEAN-China free trade area next month, a top official said Thursday.

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