India for pan-Asian trade agreement Asean seeks ties with China, Korea & Japan
Asia Pacific Biz Leaders Warn Delay in Doha Free Trade Pact May Derail Growth
Gravity of world commerce shifted to Asean, Saarc’
Asia has started to construct a common home
Korea saw Rapid FTA Progress in 2005
We want all-round ties with neighbours: India
E. Asian version of Davos forum to be held in Japan in June+
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Japan seeks free trade pacts with India, Australia, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

India for pan-Asian trade agreement Asean seeks ties with China, Korea & Japan
Financial Express
January 28, 2006

India on Friday expressed its desire for eventually expanding the proposed comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (Ceca) with Asean to a pan-Asian pact covering six more countries including Japan, China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, aiming at a common economic community in East Asia.
Finance minister P Chidambaram said at a meeting with Asian leaders and the Asian Development Bank president H Kuroda here at the World Economic Forum that India had already signed framework agreement for free trade with Asean last year. But the minister outlined the need for a comprehensive economic treaty that takes care of investment and other financial matters.

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Asia Pacific Biz Leaders Warn Delay in Doha Free Trade Pact May Derail Growth
By Wong Choon Mei,
Channel NewsAsia , January, 24, 2006

A delay in the conclusion of the Doha round of free-trade talks could derail Asian growth.
That is the message to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Business Advisory Council meetings currently being held in Singapore.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raymond Lim said Asia's future would also depend on how well China and India integrate with the rest of the regional and world economy.

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‘Gravity of world commerce shifted to Asean, Saarc’
Financial Express
January 21, 2006

Unveiling his ‘Vision of an Integrated Asia in the 21st Century: Prospects and Hurdles,’ at a special lecture organised by Ficci former president of the Philippines and chairman of Boao Forum for Asia FV Ramos, exhorted the Asian people and the their leaders to work unitedly to fire Asia’s growth engine to expand the size of the economic pie and close the gap between the rich and the poor.

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Asia has started to construct a common home
Goh Chok Tong
Kolkata | January 20, 2006

Former Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, at the valedictory session of CIIs Partnership Summit, 2006 on East Asia regionalization has said that globalisation has intensified competition and is reshaping the world. Competition is a positive sum game, not a zero sum venture. This is why we in Asia have started to construct a common home.

"The Indian atma biswas is obvious; its talent spans global MNCs, banks, Wall Street and of course in Indian companies that are going global," said Goh.

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Korea saw Rapid FTA Progress in 2005
Yoo Suh-jung
The Korea Herald, January 13, 2006

Korea made significant achievements in the area of free trade agreements in 2005, demonstrating the government's stellar management of trade policies, experts say.

"It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the country made the most progress ever in the area of free trade agreements last year," said Cheong Inkyo, an economics professor at Inha University. "The achievements have helped lay the foundations for starting negotiations with other countries like Mexico, India and the United States."

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We want all-round ties with neighbours: India
Rediff India Abroad
January 12, 2006 01:42 IST

Observing that it had accorded highest priority to the development of all-round ties with its neighbours, India on Wednesday favoured dismantling of 'existing barriers' between South Asian countries.

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said New Delhi envisioned realisation of the Asian Economic Community as he talked about India's efforts to develop relations with Asian and South East Asian countries, taking advantage of its special geographical location.

Addressing a gathering at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, he said the old mindset of balance of power or conflict of interests between India and China was outdated as the ties between the two big neighbours had acquired a long-term, global and strategic character.

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E. Asian version of Davos forum to be held in Japan in June+
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

January 11, 2006

The World Economic Forum on East Asia, the East Asian version of an annual get-together of the world's political and business leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, will be convened on June 15-16 in Tokyo, a business lobby said Wednesday.

Participants will hold discussions under the theme of "Creating a New Agenda for Asian Integration," the association said.


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Japan seeks free trade pacts with India, Australia, China
Media Corp press
Tuesday • January 3, 2006

Japan plans to begin talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with India and Australia in 2007 and with China in 2009, in a bid to play a leading role in bringing about a propsed East Asian economic grouping, a press report says.

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