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ASEAN inks free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong in Manila

China hails move, terms it as a 'loud and clear' vote against regional trade protectionism

Reuters  |  Manila 

Hong Kong on Sunday signed free trade and investment pacts with the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in what one of the Chinese territory's senior officials called a "loud and clear" vote against rising regional trade protectionism. The pacts conclude nearly three years of talks, are expected to take effect on January 1 at the earliest, and aim to bring "deeper and bolder" integration of market access with the bloc, said Edward Yau, Hong Kong's commerce and development secretary. "In the face of protectionist sentiments in other ...

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First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 15:05 IST