Free Trade

15 Countries Sign China-led Regional Trade Deal

Fifteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region on Monday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), one of the largest free trade agreements in history. Inspired by the 10 member states of the Association of...

Regulators Opposed Shanghai Trade Zone Plans

Sources tell George Chen of the South China Morning Post that Chinese premier Li Keqiang faced open opposition from financial regulators as he pushed through recent approval to designate a new free trade zone in Shanghai:...

State Council Approves Shanghai Free Trade Zone

The People’s Daily reports that China approved the creation of a special free trade zone in Shanghai: The project, occupying 28 square kilometers, will center around the Yangshan Deep Water Port and will take more than 10...

Free Trade and China’s European Playbook

China signed a free trade agreement with Iceland on Monday, its first such deal with a European country, in a move that The New York Times’ David Jolly reported will help China’s push for influence in the Arctic. For...

Colombia Bans Chinese-Made Sombreros

Colombian authorities have stepped in to protect weavers of painstakingly hand-crafted traditional cane sombreros from mass-produced Chinese imports costing a fraction of the price. From The Economist’s Americas View blog...

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