China hopes to finish talks on creating an Asian free-trade bloc estimated to cover 28 percent of the world economy by the end of this year, the country's trade minister said on Saturday.
Supporters and critics of free trade are readying for a bitter battle this year over major free trade deals and legislation to fast-track trade agreements through the U.S. Congress.
Japan needs to open up its beer market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree one of the world's biggest free trade deals next year, according to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in December.
With the US government's partial shutdown, talks between US and EU regarding the creation of the biggest free trade zone in the world scheduled next week in Brussels had been scrapped, said a Reuters report.
The United States asked Japan to give foreign companies more access to its auto and insurance markets.
Due to free trade agreements with many nations, Morocco is set to become the next investment hub, analysts said.