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China deal closes off the promised Asian FTA trifecta

Australian exporters are set to benefit from an historic trade agreement signed today between Australia and its largest trading partner, China. This deal, which took 9-years of negotiation, represents a victory for bi-lateral trade and an expansion of the economic relationship beyond mineral and resources, which have dominated the relationship over the last decade.

The biggest wins are arguably in agriculture, services and investment, and it is fair to say that this agreement goes far beyond any other agreement China has signed to date. More…