Japan, China, S.Korea FTA talks under way

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NHK | 9 April 2019

Japan, China, S.Korea FTA talks under way

Officials of Japan, China and South Korea have been sitting down together to work out a free trade deal.

Four-day talks kicked off on Tuesday in Tokyo.

High on the agenda are rules for protecting intellectual-property rights.

Japanese officials are hoping to gain concessions from China on the issue, which has become a sticking point in Beijing’s trade negotiations with Washington.

The negotiators are also focusing on e-commerce rules and trade, including tariffs on farm produce.

The trilateral negotiations are now in their 15th round.

But little progress has been achieved since the talks started in 2013.

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