In This Issue:
¦¦ MOFCOM Announces Preliminary Results of Foreign Trade Barrier Investigation against US Subsidies for Renewable Energy Industry
¦¦ China Launches FTA Negotiations with South Korea; Trilateral Negotiations with Japan Expected Later in 2012
¦¦ US and China Hold Fourth Strategic & Economic Dialogue
¦¦ Taiwan Plans to Establish Free Economic Zones to Accelerate Trade Liberalization
¦¦ Hong Kong Signals Interest in Joining ASEAN-China Free Trade Area
Excerpt from Hong Kong Signals Interest in Joining ASEAN-China Free Trade Area
In early March 2012, Dr. Jonathan Choi Koon-shum, a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People‘s Political Consultative Party (CPPCC) and the Chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong), submitted a proposal regarding Hong Kong’s possible accession to the ASEAN China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) during the 5th Session of the 11th CPPPC. This follows a number of closed door meetings over the past several months among officials from Hong Kong, Mainland China and ASEAN on the accession issue. The topic last surfaced in the public sphere during the Preparatory Meeting of the ASEAN-China FTA Joint Committee (ACFTA-JC) in October 2011, where senior officials from the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (HKTID) delivered a presentation on Hong Kong’s interest in joining the ACFTA. ASEAN’s Secretary-General has reportedly called for consultants to study the implications of accession under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). According to sources, the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) could make a final decision on Hong Kong’s accession to the ACFTA during the 44th AEM Meeting in August 2012.
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