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China Wants Quick Close on Regional Trade Agreement for Asia

  • Mofcom spokesman says China seeks freer, more convenient trade
  • RCEP negotiations are set to resume next week in Indonesia
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China wants to seal the deal on a trade agreement with Southeast Asian countries as soon as possible with a U.S.-led pact now in doubt, a Ministry of Commerce official said Thursday.

The country will work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to negotiate the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, spokesman Shen Danyang said in a briefing in Beijing, echoing President Xi Jinping’s Saturday speech to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.