China vows to expand global free trade area network

China will step up efforts to expand the free trade area network across the world to enlarge its "circle of friends", according to China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan. After signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China will see the China-Cambodia free trade agreement take effect at the earliest and accelerate investment agreement negotiations with Europe, Zhong said in a signed article published Tuesday in the People's Daily. Zhong also urged efforts to upgrade the existing trade pacts with ASEAN, Singapore, Republic of Korea (R…

IPRs help poverty alleviation in China

China has been giving full play to intellectual property rights in helping targeted poverty alleviation, an official said Thursday. In poverty alleviation actions, China has explored effective ways in integrating patented technologies, trademark brands, and geographical indications, said Gan Shaoning, deputy head of the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA), at a press conference. The IPR authorities pay attention to the public service system of intellectual property information and has launched website services to facilitate access and utilization of IPR information resources i…

China, US to push forward phase-one deal

Vice-Premier Liu He and senior US officials held talks by telephone on Tuesday, with both sides agreeing to continue pushing forward the implementation of the phase-one trade deal the two nations signed in January. Experts and business leaders said the talks came as the world's two largest economies seek a solution to trade tensions amid the sluggish world economy and the globally spreading COVID-19 pandemic. In the next step, they said the two sides are likely to discuss specific issues in fields such as protection of intellectual property rights and financial trade and expect to see an impro…

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