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Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon
Asia Bilateral

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon

[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road
Asia Investment

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road

[sh_light_text ]The EU and China are discussing their planned bilateral investment treaty on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy this week. Both want to conclude an agreement that mutually opens markets and better protects investors’ rights. But negotiations will likely be protracted and Beijing does not appear to prioritise this deal with Brussels, Jennifer Freedman …

EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round
Asia Services

EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s support for China to join negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) intensifies pressure on the US, which has opposed letting Beijing to participate in the plurilateral talks to liberalise the services trade. China’s involvement, along with initial market-access offers from TiSA participants, will be …