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China Border Tensions Cloud Asia Trade Pact Talks in India

  • Trade representatives meet in India to thrash out consensus
  • China is pushing for an early conclusion to the agreement
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A meeting of 16 nations in India on a mega Asia trade pact is happening in the shadow of elevated border tensions between India and China, a wrinkle that could further slow progress on the deal.

Trade officials gathered in the southern city of Hyderabad are seeking to hammer out agreement on sticky issues like the free movement of people in the pact that takes in the world’s second and third-biggest economies -- China and Japan -- but does not involve the U.S.