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Australia's Abbott faces tough mission on 'trifecta of trade' in Asia

By Maggie Lu Yueyang SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to finalize a free trade agreement with Japan on his forthcoming North Asia trip, but will have to walk a fine line between Tokyo and Beijing over geopolitical tensions in the region. Abbott leaves for Japan on Saturday, kicking off a tour that also includes South Korea and China. China is Australia's top export market, followed by Japan and South Korea.

Australia's Abbott faces tough mission on 'trifecta of trade' in Asia

By Maggie Lu Yueyang SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to finalize a free trade agreement with Japan on his forthcoming North Asia trip, but will have to walk a fine line between Tokyo and Beijing over geopolitical tensions in the region. Abbott leaves for Japan on Saturday, kicking off a tour that also includes South Korea and China. China is Australia's top export market, followed by Japan and South Korea.

China's Xi seeks peace in Europe but side-steps Ukraine

By Robin Emmott BRUGES, Belgium (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told Europe on Tuesday that Beijing opposed intervention in other countries' affairs but he declined to directly criticize Russia for its annexation of Crimea. Xi also assured European leaders that China was a close ally committed to the continent's peace and prosperity.

In Brussels, China learns 'eurospeak' to seek influence

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At the height of the euro zone crisis, a Chinese official quipped that Europe was being reduced to a "wonderful theme park" for tourists. That view no longer has much currency as Beijing recalibrates links with the world's biggest trade bloc. Beijing's growing realization that China needs strong influence in Europe's de facto capital, Brussels, has been cemented by President Xi Jinping's visit to the EU's institutions this week, the first ever by a Chinese leader.

China's Xi seeks 'win-win' in ground-breaking EU visit

China's Xi Jinping made a groundbreaking first visit by a Chinese president to European Union headquarters Monday, saying closer ties between the two partners -- which represent a quarter of the world's people -- were "a win-win". After a red-carpet day with Belgium's royals and a visit to a zoo hosting a pair of pandas on loan from Beijing, Xi got down to serious business in talks that touched on the crisis in Ukraine, human rights and quarrels over trade.

China's Xi turns to panda diplomacy to seek EU trade deal

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will use two pandas to break the ice and soften European opposition to a free-trade deal with China during a visit to Belgium which starts on Sunday. As the first Chinese leader to visit the European Union's headquarters since Brussels established ties with Beijing four decades ago, Xi will also seek to send a message that China is a less confrontational partner, ready to resolve trade disputes.

China's Xi talks culture in France but business prevails

After a day devoted to multi-billion-dollar business deals, Chinese leader Xi Jinping trained his sights on culture and history Thursday on the last day of his lavish visit to France. Yet business was still the talk of the day at an economic forum on the margins of the three-day state visit, as French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici called for more Chinese investment in France in a bid to boost jobs and growth.

Business first as China visit kicks off in France's silk city

By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - France will use a visit from China's President this week to seek tighter business links to the world's number-two economy in a bid to boost its own anemic one, signing big-ticket industry deals and working to cut its trade and investment deficits.

S. Korea, EU add provisions for Croatia to FTA

SEJONG, March 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the European Union added a protocol to their free trade agreement (FTA) Tuesday to account for Croatia's recent accession to the political and economic union, the South Korean government said. The revision of the South Korea-EU FTA, enacted in July 2011, was officially signed in Brussels, Belgium, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The same amendment was initialed in November 2011, about three months after Croatia's accession to the EU.

S. Korea, EU add provisions for Croatia to FTA

SEJONG, March 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the European Union added a protocol to their free trade agreement (FTA) Tuesday to account for Croatia's recent accession to the political and economic union, the South Korean government said. The revision of the South Korea-EU FTA, enacted in July 2011, was officially signed in Brussels, Belgium, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The same amendment was initialed in November 2011, about three months after Croatia's accession to the EU.
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