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Progress in China-ASEAN FTA talks

Updated: Feb 6,2015 8:27 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The second round of negotiations on an upgraded China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) has made “notable progress”, the Ministry of Commerce said on Feb 6.

Service trade, investment, economic cooperation, simplified trade procedures were discussed during the negotiation, the ministry said.

Launched in 2010, CAFTA has become the largest free trade area among developing countries. China proposed “an upgraded version” of CAFTA in September of 2013.

The first round of negotiation began in September last year in Vietnam.

China is ASEAN’s largest trading partner, while ASEAN ranks as China’s third-largest trading partner. China aims to elevate bilateral trade with ASEAN to $500 billion by the end of this year and $1 trillion by 2020.