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Asean-China Free Trade Agreement
After the first six signatories reached their target by 2010, the CLMV countries (Cambodia, PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam) pursued the same customs policy, with the same goal to be achieved by 2015.  In 2010, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area became the largest free trade area in terms of population and the third largest in nominal GDP. It was also the third volume of trade after the European Economic Area and the North American Free Trade Area.   This volume of trade is expected to continue to increase until mid-2005, with the implementation of the ACFTA early implementation programme and the implementation of the tariff reduction programme under the WIG agreement. In July 2004, the value of Early Harvest proceeds traded between ASEAN and China reached $1.11 billion, an increase of 42.3% over the same period in 2003, when ASEAN exports to China were $0.68 billion, an increase of 49.8% over the same period. A year later, a framework agreement was signed for the draft free trade agreement. The free trade agreement, a zero-tariff market of more than 1.7 billion people, is expected to enter into force in 2010 for the six ASEAN members (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and in 2015 for the other four (Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). Implementation of the framework agreement would be gradual. For example, the agreement aims to help China, Japan and South Korea finally reach a trilateral free trade agreement after years of struggle to bridge their differences. In November 2001, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began negotiations for the creation of a free trade area. Australia hopes the trade deal will improve relations with China, its largest trading partner. « It is essential that partners like China, when they enter into new agreements like this, not only provide the details of such agreements, but act faithfully to their minds, » Birmingham told The Age newspaper.
China first proposed the idea of a free trade area in November 2000. The leaders of ASEAN and China therefore decided to discuss economic integration measures in the region the following year In Brunei, they supported the creation of an ASEAN-China free trade area.  Analysts are skeptical that Biden will insist that the TPP reinstate the TPP or repel numerous U.S. trade sanctions imposed on China by the Trump administration, in the face of widespread frustration with Beijing`s trade and human rights records and accusations of espionage and technology theft. Southeast Asian heads of state and government met in Bangkok for a three-day, trade-dominated summit. ASEAN members are working to finalize a China-backed plan for the creation of the world`s largest free trade area. ASEAN leaders said they intend to continue expanding trade with India and that the door remains open in New Delhi to join the bloc. The first phase focused on the first six signatories who, until 2010, expressed support for the abolition of their tariffs on 90% of their products.  Between 2003 and 2008, trade with ASEAN increased from $59.6 billion to $192.5 billion.  China`s transformation into a major economic power in the 21st century has led to an increase in foreign investment in the bamboo network, with a network of Overseas Chinese companies operating in Southeast Asian markets and sharing family and cultural ties.
  In 2008, ASEAN members and the People`s Republic of China had a nominal gross domestic product of about $6 trillion.   « The signing of the RCEP is not only a pioneering achievement of East Asian regional cooperation, but also a victory for multilateralism and free trade, » Li said.