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Premier calls for advancing China-Japan-ROK FTA negotiations

Updated: Nov 14,2017 4:46 PM     Xinhua

MANILA — Premier Li Keqiang called for speeding up negotiations of China-Japan-ROK free trade agreement (FTA) on Nov 14.

“China stands ready to work with relevant parties to speed up negotiations of China-Japan-ROK FTA, taking a more active part in promoting negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, so as to achieve the long-term goal of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP),” Premier Li said.

He made the remarks when addressing the 20th ASEAN-China, Japan and ROK (10+3) leaders’ meeting in the Philippine capital of Manila.

During the meeting, he called for further promoting trade liberalization and facilitation to establish an East Asia Economic Community, which is a strategic goal of the 10+3 cooperation.

China-Japan-ROK FTA negotiations were launched in November 2012, with the 12th round of the negotiations being held in Tokyo this April.