China and India, the two giants of Asia, have been talking (unconvincingly) of the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement for several years. A feasibility study was completed in October 2008, but there is much opposition from India’s business sector as well as many other political complications that are likely to keep the idea on a very low flame for a while.

last update: May 2012


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  • 21-May-2013 Economic Times China willing to launch FTA talks with India: Li Keqiang
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang today offered Indian goods more access to his country’s market for narrowing bilateral trade deficit and expressed willingness to start talks for a free trade agreement with India.
  • 17-Dec-2010 ’Only area where Indo-China ties doing well is commerce’
    The first visit of a major Chinese leader in more than four years has yielded a bland joint communiqué skirting core Indian concerns but incorporating a commitment to rapidly expand a lopsided trade relationship that has already turned India into the raw-material appendage of a neo-colonial Chinese economy.
  • 10-Dec-2010 Trade imbalance to cast shadow on China-India talks
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao faces a tough task when he arrives in India next week to allay New Delhi’s fears over China’s rise as a global power , and to smooth tensions in an often fractious relationship.
  • 5-Apr-2010 Taiwan News 78 pct of Taiwanese still don’t understand ECFA, says DPP
    An estimated 78 percent of Taiwanese still did not understand what the planned Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China was about, an opposition Democratic Progressive Party poll showed yesterday.
  • 5-Apr-2010 FT China offers to accelerate trade talks with India
    China has offered to accelerate talks with India aimed at negotiating a bilateral trade agreement in a bid to balance a burgeoning commercial relationship between two of Asia’s largest economies that is now heavily skewed in Beijing’s favour.
  • 11-Jun-2009 Blakes Canada and India explore a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
    Earlier this year, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Stockwell Day, and Mr. Kamal Nath, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, jointly announced the agreement of both countries to initiate exploratory discussions aimed at creating a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA).
  • 11-Oct-2008 India PR Wire India, China complete FTA feasibility study: Minister
    India and China have completed a feasibility study on their proposed Free Trade Agreement. It now awaits the approval of the leadership of the two countries.
  • 4-May-2008 PTI India, Canada to discuss FTA during Kamal Nath’s visit
    India will hold discussion on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Canada during Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath’s visit to that country next month.
  • 23-Apr-2008 FTA with China not a priority: Govt.
    The government on Wednesday said a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China was not a "priority" for India due to "deep divisions" within the government and opposition from the industry.
  • 5-Apr-2008 Cautious approach needed on FTA with China: Assocham
    India should be cautious while signing free trade agreements (FTAs), specially with China as it could affect the interest domestic industry, a report released by industry chamber Assocham said on Saturday.
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